Visiting Researcher, Waseda University, Japan

Alba Zamarbide Urdaniz, PhD in Architecture by Waseda University (Japan), has participated since 2012 in diverse consultancy projects related to strategic urban and regional management scenarios, sustainable development and community participation, with a special focus on historical territories.

Her work gives an overview of different European and Asian historical regions bringing up the debate on alternative meanings for “buffer” zones as a possible catalyst of holistic regional management.

In parallel to her personal research, Alba has collaborated in diverse community participatory “machizukuri” (town-making) projects including disaster prevention and mitigation participatory urban planning in high density wooden areas in Tokyo, and rural development strategies based on local resources and traditions in Iwate prefecture, Japan. 

From 2013, she has been fully involved in the long-term project that Waseda University is developing in Thua Thien Hue, Vietnam, in collaboration with the HMCC (Hue Monuments Conservation Centre). The project’s goal is to create a new preservation strategy for the Huong (perfume) river basin by connecting regional development with the idea of historical eco-cosmology and linked bottom-up initiatives. More recently, the team focused on the creation of a reference management, in which she tried to combine her own research insights with HUL ideas.