In July 2011 the Stadslab program on Fukuoka kicked-off with an expert meeting to identify the strategic planning topics for the Fukuoka metropolitan region. A team of 4 international experts, plus Stadslab and Fukuoka Urban Laboratory (FUL) staff, met local stakeholders and experts. The expert meeting aimed to set the agenda for the Master Class program in which international participants will have the opportunity of working on selected issues and areas, supervised by the experts team.
Among the topics that has been discussed are urban mobility, enhancing mobility in the region, national and international accessibility, airport, seaport and train terminal, waterfront regeneration to create new urban live-work neighborhoods and improved seaport logistics, new workspace for creative economy, R&D centers, university campus etc.
Experts, that will act as supervisors of the forthcoming Master Classes, were:
- Andrew David Fassam, director urban design, Urban Redevelopment Authority, URA, Singapore
- Saline Verhoeven, Landscape architect and director at BplusB landscape architects, Amsterdam
- Rob van der Bijl, Director/owner at RVDB/lightrail.nl, Amsterdam
- John Mader, Senior Project Manager at Lend Lease Japan, Tokyo