The inaugural trip was spearheaded by MAPP’s Hiroyuki Iseki, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Urban and Regional Planning and Design Program, and assisted by Delaney West, doctoral program coordinator and graduate assistant Megu (Meg) Itoh. Together, they provided participants with a unique opportunity to explore sites and historic buildings representing 4,000 years of cultural development in Kyoto and Hiroshima.
The participating students–both undergraduate and graduate levels–learned about several issues relating to planning and the built environment, including social issues that arise in the historic and socio-economic contexts of these two major cities.
During the trip, they interacted with planners, university students, academic scholars and community activists through lectures, dialogues, field trips, a class project and collaborative work.
Take a look at a photo gallery of the education abroad experience in Japan below: