WOODRISE 2021 KYOTO Governance Committee

ChairpersonSeiichi Fukao

Seiichi Fukao

WOODRISE is an international congress for the development of mid-rise and high-rise wooden buildings. WOODRISE 2021 KYOTO will be held in Kyoto, Japan from October 15 to 18, 2021. It is our great pleasure to serve as the organizer of the event.

At WOODRISE, industry stakeholders gather to identify design and construction requirements in terms of materials, technologies, and engineering, and to explore the future potential for the development of mid-rise and high-rise wooden buildings. Previously, the congress was held in Bordeaux, France in 2017 and in Quebec, Canada in 2019.

Japan has a long history of constructing wooden buildings, but faces significant challenges in using wood for high-rise buildings and large-scale buildings. It was therefore decided to hold WOODRISE 2021 KYOTO at the Kyoto International Conference Center on the theme of

Wooden Buildings for Sustainable Development
From the Traditional to the Future

The conference will gather extensive information and knowledge about advanced wooden building technologies in different countries and facilitate exchanges among organizations and companies in Japan and other countries.

WOODRISE 2021 KYOTO will feature a wide array of programs. It will commence with the welcome lounge in the evening of October 15. The plenary sessions will be held on October 16 and in the morning of October 17. Kengo Kuma, a world-renowned Japanese architect who is also active overseas, will be invited to deliver a commemorative lecture, which will give participants a valuable opportunity to learn about his ideas and opinions.
A technical workshop on mid-rise and high-rise wooden buildings will be held in the afternoon of October 17. A session on promoting the SDGs in the residential building industry and another session on the residential market in Asia and Oceania will also be held.

To host WOODRISE 2021 KYOTO, we will establish an governance committee consisting of building- and housing-related organizations involved in wooden buildings, which will assist with preparations for the conference. Support will also be solicited from various governmental agencies, including the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and other organizations.

WOODRISE 2021 KYOTO will be held in the best season to enjoy the beautiful autumnal scenery in Kyoto.

We look forward to seeing you in Kyoto in October 2021.

In consideration of the global spread of COVID-19, we will take thorough measures to prevent the spread of infection at the venue, and we will allow participants to choose to participate on-site or on-line.
In addition, we plan to provide on-demand streaming of some programs to the participants on this official website for a certain period of time so that they will be able to watch them after the congress.
Furthermore, supposing the difficulty for participants from overseas to come to Japan this coming October, we have decided to carry out some programs in 2022, which we planned to have this year, and to hold what we will call WOODRISE 2021+1 (plus one) next year, so that more people can come to Japan to participate.
Details for the 2022 event will be announced as soon as they are ready.