Proposal Competition 2002
Gifu Prefecture and its surrounding areas are located in the center of Japan, where large-scale national projects including the Chubu International Airport, Chubu Cross Expressway, and the Tokai Loop Expressway are being planned or underway. Also, the Linear Chuo Shinkansen Project is under consideration. Given such a backdrop, Gifu Prefecture is proceeding with the construction of the Tokai Techno Highland Gifu and the implementation of the Sweet Valley Project,(*) to establish itself as the origin of knowledge emergence and propagation and the crossroads of eastern and western Japan. These projects are aimed at establishing a center for research and development in harmony with regional characteristics, and promoting the introduction of state-of-the-art technology to the Prefecture's private sector. In particular, alongside the Tokai Loop Expressway, the concentration of research and development facilities forms an arc. The advanced science and technology institutes in this area called the Research Network City Arc Gifu and located in the southern part of Gifu Prefecture, are closely cooperating with each other to promote the area's role as a hub of international research and development network. The Tono Frontier Science Research City, the subject of this Proposal Competition, is positioned at the core of the Research Network City Arc Gifu Project. The Science Research City Project was approved by the national government in 1993 as a regional hub promotion project based on the Multi-Polar Patterns National Land Formation Promotion Law. The Project objectives are expected to be met in approximately ten years, and longer term visions for twenty or thirty years down the road are being discussed in relation to the completion of the Tono Frontier Science Research City Project.
The 544-hectare area in the Plasma Research Park under the administration of Toki City is the "Toki Plasma Research Park," mentioned in Objective (3) of this Proposal Competition. The area where construction started first is named District 1 (approx. 106 hectares), and the development work is under way. The Tokai Loop Expressway runs from north to south in the middle of the District, and the Competition asks the applicant to submit a proposal for the area west of the Expressway.
The Proposal Competition is positioned as an ignition key to put construction/development efforts on the fast track based upon the overall area development schedule. An interchange of the Tokai Loop Expressway is planned to be constructed in the same area, and it is expected that in 2005, the main national expressway network will be directly connected to the area covered by the Competition.
Through this Competition, the organizer hopes to gather ideas and knowledge from all over the world to outline the construction of a "21st century-style new city" that will open-heartedly serve the world as the origin of knowledge emergence and propagation. At the same time, it is important to provide a high-quality and comfortable housing environment to the residents. This area is highly expected to become the multi-functional core zone of the Tono Frontier Science Research City, which includes infrastructure to promote exchange among residents and workers, systems to support private enterprises, as well as facilities to accommodate the emergence and propagation of knowledge and nurturing of new technology, and those for relaxation, etc., as the crossroads of knowledge and technology (Crossover Center).
Part of the area covered by the Proposal Competition has been earmarked for commercial use for the next twenty years. For this area in particular, the organizer would like the applicant to propose land use idea after those twenty years have passed. This will be the core zone that will assume a pioneering role, and therefore, the proposal is expected to include urban functions and systems that will promote the construction of private-sector research institutions. Also, the proposed facilities/buildings need not be for permanent use. Ideas regarding temporary (or period-limited) use of the facilities are welcome.
The Project is categorized as a land readjustment project and the main lines including water supply and sewage pipes have already been aligned in accordance with the underground facilities. The plan is available as reference for the applicant.
The area covered by this Proposal Competition is part of the area that was nominated as a candidate for the new capital of Japan. The "Gifu/Aichi Area" selected in 1999 as a candidate for the nation's new capital includes the area covered by the Competition, and is a very attractive area that has the potential to carry out the necessary functions as the nation's capital.
of the Competition are to gather the following three proposals:
Philosophy of Building the Tono Frontier Science Research City
3.Content of Proposal
and functions of a "21st century-style new city" must be
the core of the proposal.
of functions to raise the added value of the disciplines and results
of the research and development in the Tono Frontier Science Research
City, and systems that will connect the fruits of research and development
with the creation of new industries on the local and national levels.
also desirable that the proposal includes the concepts and functions
of the "21st century-style new city" (e.g. lifestyle and
culture, research and development, new industries, service (inter-regional
commerce), high-level use of information, symbiosis with the environment,
administration, Intelligent Transport System (ITS), energy, education,
etc.). Proposals of the environmental systems including the facilities
to raise the quality of life in the city are also wanted.
are expected to study the land use plan and infrastructure plan including
the water supply and sewage plan as reference to develop their proposal.
and individuals are welcome to apply for the Competition.
September 30, 2002
of a proposal must be either English or Japanese.
planning to apply for the Competition must first register his/her
name and nationality. (If the applicant is a group, only the representative
needs to register himself/herself.) There is no registration fee,
but the postage incurred by the registration is borne by the applicant.
Sheet may be printed on any generic A4-size paper (210 mm x 297 mm).
12, Proposal Competition Secretariat, Tono Frontier Science Research
1.Limitation on the Number of Proposal
The number of proposal is limited to one per individual or group. If an individual makes an entry as an individual or as the representative of a group, the same individual is not allowed to make a second entry as the representative or a member of another group. However, if an individual is a member but not the representative of a group, the same individual may be a member of another group, though he/she may not be the representative of another group.
In other words, being a member of multiple groups is the only way an individual is allowed to make multiple entries.
2.Submission of Proposal
Package must be compiled and sent by post by the specified deadline.
4.Mail the Proposal to:
Competition Secretariat, Tono Frontier Science Research City
360-3, Aza-Doai, Kujiri, Izumi-cho, Toki-shi, Gifu Prefecture 509-5142, Japan
5.Proposal Submission Deadline
applicants are advised to send their packages out well in advance
to ensure their arrival by the deadline.
money totals ten (10) million yen. The Most Valuable Proposal (one
proposal only) will be awarded with five (5) million yen.
2.Date of Final Judging
Final Judging will be on the date specified in the Schedule (planned).
3.Announcement of Results
Committee Chairman Hiroaki Yanagida will announce the results on this
website both in Japanese and in English.
The Judging Committee Chairman reserves the right to decide to have a preliminary judging prior to the final judging, if over 100 entries are made. The method of preliminary judging will be as instructed by the Judging Committee Chairman.
All the proposals making to the final judging, including the ones that did not receive awards, are planned to be published on the "collection of proposals" page of our website.
Hiroaki Yanagida Nagoya Institute of Technology (Chemical Material
5.Disqualification and Cancellation of Awards
entry has not met the entry requirements, or is discovered to infringe
on the copyright of another party, the entry will be disqualified.
belongs to the applicant, in principle.
2.Return of Proposal Package
Proposal Package will not be returned to the applicant. Therefore, the applicant wishing to retain the proposal content is advised to make and save his/her copy prior to posting the package.
Expenses and Responsibilities
Proposal Competition Secretariat, Tono Frontier Science Research City
Development Project Planning Section, Chubu Branch Office,
(Operation Manager) Masao Yamada
* The Secretariat will not respond to questions individually. However, the important questions arriving by post by August 20 and the answers thereto will be included in the reference information scheduled to be uploaded on the website on September 10.
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