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Japan Summer Program in Sustainable Development

Join students as they study sustainable development this summer in Tokyo – with superb mass transportation, low crime, and endless things to do and see — and beyond. This ten-week summer program is home based on the ideally located campus of Tokyo Tech, Japan’s premier technological university. One week of the program is devoted to exploring the beautiful Japanese countryside, including Hiroshima, Kyoto, and a rural community. Through field trips, lectures, and multi-disciplinary, cross-cultural...

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Sushi in Japan

After a long afternoon travelling to different bridges in northern Japan, we were ready for some sushi. Sitting outside the restaurant, we saw what a night would be like in Tokyo as a young person. Very tastefully dressed men and women walked in groups from restaurant to restaurant, while smiling, chatting, and laughing. The city was alive.

We kept pretty close tabs on the different parties inside the restaurant too. Watching as couples and friends gracefully ate fish, rice, and veggies with their chopsticks; a skill we were all still working on. After a few more glances inside and...

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The State Key Laboratory for Geohazard Prevention and Geoenvironment Protection (SKLGP) Lab Tour

After an early 6:25 am flight from Beijing to Chengdu and a delicious lunch in our hotel, our group walked next door to the SKLGP Laboratory in Chengdu Institute of Technology’s campus. This lab is one of the key research facilities for geohazad prevention and geoenvironment protection in China. What does that mean you ask? It means they have a bunch of cool machines and sensors used to recreate different landslide scenarios, test rock and structure  strength, and monitor slopes in real time to name a few.

While on the tour, we were able to stand in the...

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Intermodality

In their never-ending pursuit to engineer a seamless cycling experience, the Dutch have built an comprehensive system of intermodal connections extremely conducive to the use of alternative transportation. Whether it be the incredible bicycle parking facilities and repair stations found scattered throughout cities and at every major train station, or the extremely integrated bicycle rental system OV-Fiets, the ease with which modal shifts can occur throughout the Netherlands is unparalleled.

The incredible attention to detail paid by the Dutch to almost every facet of their...

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Blog #8 - Final Thoughts

I am extremely thankful for the week in the Netherlands and the incredible opportunities we had to experience and learn about Dutch infrastructure and design. This trip will benefit me for the rest of my career, as I will always be inspired by their transportation systems and city planning efforts. It was amazing to see the design elements that we have discussed in class in person, and the way they transform the character of the cities and shape city life. Transportation in the Netherlands is not a burden. The Dutch do not have to plan their life around traffic like we do in...

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Blog #8 Final Thoughts

I am still in awe with just how the Dutch have woven cycling into their everyday life; not as a lifestyle they choose but it is fully embedded in their culture.  It is everyday life for them to ride a bike to get lunch or go shopping, where in the US it is not the first choice for many if a choice at all.  In the Netherlands there is plenty of bike parking everywhere, such as the grocery store, Hema, and train stations.  Here in the US there are five spots to park at my local grocery store, about eight at Target, and there are two racks at Marta station. 

Cycling...

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Blog Post #8 - Final Thoughts

Two weeks ago we left for the Netherlands. Little did I know it would be such an eye-opening experience interacting with their transportation systems and infrastructure. The fundamental difference that makes Dutch transportation infrastructure so amazing and so much better than Atlanta’s is that they design for more than just vehicles. They design for each mode so well that some intersections are completely traffic signal-less! The Dutch share roads, not lanes.  Sharrows, America’s easy and quick after-thought fix to accommodating bicycles on a road designed for vehicles...

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