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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.100

Communal Memory Inheritance through Revitalization of Regional Museums: A Case Study Analysis of Community Engagement in Japan and Germany


  • Prof. Tadashi SAITO

Primary authors


The purpose of this study is clarifying; what kind of planning methodology, focusing on the importance of communal memory inheritance, is effective for sustainable community design through revitalization of regional museums. Communal, sometimes also personal, “memory” and conceptualize “history”; how can we fasten together and own jointly such visible or invisible monument? How can work regional museums, where the memory and history are crossing and overlapping each other, as a part of local cultures? How can we treat and create this kind of monument as a symbol of solidarity between past and present, between different cultures or between dweller and visitor in the era of globalization and information overload, hypertrophy of memory? To accomplish these ends, the author of this paper has tried to do hearing investigations, site investigations to some museums and citizen's associations and cultural organizations in Japan and Germany, German museums”Gedenkstaette Berliner Mauer”, “Stolperstein Koordinierungsstelle” and the Japanese cultural heritage “the Traditional Architectures Preservation Districts” and so on, doing pioneering practices of the communal memory inheritance and community engagement, from 2018 to 2019. In brief conclusion: the way of thinking ""subdividing monument"", analysis into very fine parts of authentic communal memory, is effective for harmonizing ""memory and history"", such like “Stolperstein and Holocaust-Mahnmal”. Besides, to consider it also practical, the author wants to show here the possibility, results and analysis of the observation using the author's unique new method ""the verbs-extracting research and workshop method"" in some Japanese cities.