Inspiring Youth to an
article and photos
By yoKo and rIChard Crume
A children’s home, powered by solar,
provides a sustainable alternative
to traditional institutional care.
this is the third of an occasional series by yoko
and richard Crume on solar, energy-conserving
buildings in Japan that are designed to meet
the societal needs of this family- and communi-ty-oriented society.
yoko Crume, ph.d., is a social work professor,
specializing in aging programs. richard Crume
works as an environmental engineer and teaches a college course on air pollution control. they
live in Chapel hill, n. C.
Blue Skies Facts
Facility Children’s Home Aozora (Blue Skies)
Owner Social Welfare Corp. Hannan
Architect Seiji Nii Architect and Associates
Contractor Yano-gumi Inc.
Construction Steel framed concrete
Location 614-1 Mita-cho, Kishiwada-city,
Completion March 15, 2008