Parallel Session 1.1

Monday 20 November – 11.30 – 13.00

Playscape-mapper, a PPGIS-method
Soran Mansournia – A Joint PhD Researcher in Spatial Sciences University of Otago, New Zealand and University of Groningen, Netherlands

As part of his PhD project, Soran is developing Playscape-mapper, a PPGIS-method that enables the collection of comprehensive spatial-data from children. This innovative method is currently undergoing testing in diverse contextual settings. In this conference, he will share results of Sine/Sanandaj, one of my case studies located in Iranian-Kurdistan. Playscape-mapper introduces novel PPGIS-innovations and incorporates the Playscape Quality Index (PQI) with two metrics: Play Paradise Days (PPD) and Paradise versus Highly Used (P-HU). PPD evaluates the impact of children’s favourite urban spaces on their daily lives, while P-HU measures the degree of overlap between heavily used places and hotspots.

Children’s Living Environment in Rehabilitation of Coastal Villages Affected by Earthquake Disasters in Japan
Namiko Minai – Department of Housing and Architecture, Faculty of Human Sciences and Design, Japan Women’s University.

Coastal villages in Japan are suffering from a decreasing population of young people. The tsunami disaster in 2011 accelerated this trend. However, Toyoma village in Fukushima prefecture has seen an increase in the population of young families, and its primary school now has a larger number of classes compared to the pre-disaster years. With the support of professionals from Tokyo, community leaders have made efforts to create spaces for children and organize events for them to enjoy village life, such as rice growing and flying kites.

New housing lots have also been offered to young families, providing them with affordable houses, and newly built public houses have allowed single-parent families to reside in the village. However, unlike traditional families, young families may have less time to participate in and contribute to community activities. This situation could potentially lead to a lack of understanding between existing village members and the new-comer families.

This presentation discusses the community rebuilding process after the 2011 disaster and aims to identify tips for the disaster rehabilitation process.

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