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Civic Pride: Talk Session

February 2, 2012

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Civic Pride: Talk Session

Come to love Nagoya more
Contemplate civic pride

In 19th Century British cities, the idea of civic pride was highly valued and promoted. This Western term, “civic pride”, denoting both pride and affection towards one’s city, carries a slightly different nuance from the Japanese term, kyodo-ai or love for one’s birthplace or hometown. If, as a member of the community that makes up the city, you get involved in making it a better place to live, the city becomes more fun. Conscious of yourself as “citizen”, come join us to think about communication, both citizen-to-citizen and citizen-to-city.

During the Civic Pride session, we will focus on ways people who live in Nagoya can love their city and take pride in their citizenship, energizing the region and local industry.

Kaori Ito
Kaori Ito
Associate Professor, Tokyo University of Science Doctor of Engineering
Born in Tokyo. Earned a Doctor of Engineering degree at the University of Tokyo. After having served at the Center for Spatial Information Science (CSIS) at the University of Tokyo as an assistant, she taught at Tokyo University of Science as a lecturer. She has been in her current position since 2008. Ito specializes in designing urban space and urban spatial information. Her books includes a collaborative work, “Civic Pride: Designing the Communication of the City” (Senden Kaigi). She has led the Civic Pride Research Group since 2006. Since 2002 she has also co-presided over the creators’ group “Tokyo Picnic Club”, which proposes ideas for public spaces.

Nobuko Shimuta
Nobuko Shimuta
Project Editor/Design Producer
Part-time Lecturer, Tama Art University/Kuwasawa Design School
Developed her career in Bijutsu Shuppan Holdings Co., Ltd. and Nippon Design Center Inc. and established her own business in 2011. Based on the idea of “editing things”. Shimuta has proposed design management appropriate for society and regions, whether design production or planning, or product or communication planning. She is a part-time lecturer at Tama Art University and Kuwasawa Design School, among others. Her major works concerning government and regional clients follow. For Fukui City, since 2005: the “Delicious Kitchen” project; for Sumida-ku, Tokyo; in 2010, “The hanami Project”, a collaboration around making things; for the Shikoku Bureau of Economy, Trade & Industry in 2009, The F/S Survey for a Creative Core Implementation Plan; for the same organization in 2010, The Shikoku Editing School; and also in 2010, the Kagawa Lacquerware Branding Project and the Maison de Urushi Project.

Isao Suzuki
Isao Suzuki
Type Designer President, Type Project, Part-time Lecturer, Aichi Prefectural University Arts and Music
Born in Nagoya. Graduated from Aichi Prefectural University of Fine Arts and Music.After working for Adobe Systems Inc. for seven years, in 2001 Suzuki established Type Project. In 2003, he released AXIS Font, used by many companies, including Apple Inc. and NTT DOCOMO, Inc. Suzuki also established a website for the City Font Project and released Hama Mincho for Yokohama City. The Kinshachi Font Exhibition, organized by the International Design Center NAGOYA (IdcN), was held in Nagoya in October of 2010. Suzuki is currently developing AXIS Mincho and working toward the wider application of City Font.

Please refer to the report page for the detail.

Civic Pride: Talk Session
Date:Saturday, 10 March, 2012

Presentation Room, 6F Design Center Bldg.,


80 applications will be accepted by lottery.



Organizer:Creative Design City Nagoya Organizing Committee
[City of Nagoya, International Design Center Nagoya Inc., Nagoya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Council of Chubu Design Organizations]

[CLOSED] If you wish to attend, sign up with your name and contact address via fax or email.
FAX: 052-265-2107 (International: +81-052-265-2107)

Closing date for accepting audience applications:
Tuesday, March 6, 2012