Cultural heritage rooted in the community and the historical cities surrounding them are the result of human cultural activities spanning over a long period of time. Once lost, they cannot be recreated again. Thus, it is the duty of today’s society to conserve the cultural values inherited from their ancestors, protect them along with human lives from the threat of disasters, and pass them on to the next generation.
In order to work towards disaster prevention and mitigation without losing the original essence of cultural heritage and the associated historical cities, it is necessary to activate the local community and traditional regional resources and integrate the fields of cultural conservation in social sciences with those of engineering for the protection of human society from disasters. So far, these issues have been dealt with separately in their own ways. We intend to create a platform for both domestic and international research projects in collaborating with various research orga- nizations such as the Art Research Center, Ritsumeikan University that makes the best use of information technology archiving cultural materials.
We collaborate with industrial sectors to develop new technologies while continuing to learn from traditional knowledge, promoting the development of disaster mitigation plans for historical towns and cultural heritage together with local communities, government and non-profit organizations. We also engage in actual field studies by leveraging the industry-government-academia network for risk man- agement of such as World Cultural Heritage sites in collaboration with NGO’s and international organizations, including UNESCO, ICCROM and ICOMOS-ICORP. We intend to create an education and research environment in order to make practical contributions to the societies by promoting “Cultural Heritage Disaster Mitigation Studies,” researching history and traditions to carry forward cultural values, acquiring disaster mitigation technologies that can be applied to the field, and producing work-ready practitioners and young researchers who will take charge of the new research developments.
We sincerely wish for your continued supports and cooperation.
Director of Institute of Disaster Mitigation for Urban Cultural Heritage