This article discusses the educational benefits to students of making the “Akashi City Walk Maps,” a booklet with maps and explanations that introduces the historical and cultural resources of the area to residents. How to preserve local cultural heritage is an essential and often-discussed issue in Japan. Every city in Japan has historical-cultural resources that characterize the area. However, these resources tend to be neglected, and are being lost due to an emphasis on the development pressure from economic. Educating architectural professionals who understand the local heritage and history is one of the solutions. Architects can advise building owners who believe that new construction is more economical and more resistant to earthquakes than the existing structures, which have historic and cultural value, about how to preserve historic buildings. To examine the educational benefits of this map creation, we observed and interviewed students who participated in this activity. The “Akashi City Walk Maps” project gave the students an opportunity to practice reading about and understanding the town/city and discover historical and cultural resources. Those skills are difficult to acquire in a classroom, and based on interviews with the students who participated, it became clear that this experience helped to improve the student’s communication skills, broaden their point of view, instigate their interest in fieldwork, and improve their design and project management skills.
|Title of host publication||Learning through practice|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 13 Sep 2019|
|Event||AAE 2019: 5th International Conference of the Association of Architectural Educators - London, United Kingdom|
Duration: 24 Apr 2019 → 26 Apr 2019
|Conference||AAE 2019: 5th International Conference of the Association of Architectural Educators|
|Period||24/04/19 → 26/04/19|