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Rebuilding Japan

One year after the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, Japan is making progress toward rebuilding its devastated east coast, assisted by local architects and construction professionals eager to help—but there is still a long way to go.


Japan Post Disaster

Japan Post-Disaster
On March 11, 2011, a 9.0-magnitude earthquake struck Japan’s eastern Sanriku coast, triggering an enormous tidal wave that left 310,000 people homeless, 23,000 dead or missing, and a cluster of nuclear reactors unstable. Today the debris is largely cleared, roads are open, railways are back in operation, and more than half of the damaged seaports are functioning again.

Photo courtesy Yasushi Takeuchi

Shizugawa Banya

Shizugawa Banya
Yasushi Takeuchi; Motomu Uno, Shuji Funo, collaborators
Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

Photo courtesy Yasushi Takeuchi

Container Housing

Container Housing
Shigeru Ban Architects
Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan

Photo © Voluntary Architects Network

Interim Housing for Rikuzentakata

Interim Housing for Rikuzentakata
Masayuki Harada, Daisuke Sugawara
Sumita-cho, Iwate Prefecture, Japan

Photo © Takumi Ota

Kamaishi City Proposal

Kamaishi City Proposal
Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects
Iwate Prefecture, Japan

Images courtesy Toyo Ito & Associates

Bathhouse

Bathhouse
Hiroto Kobayashi, Keio University
Minami Sanriku, Japan

Photo courtesy Hiroto Kobayashi

Rebuilding Japan

Rebuilding Japan
Since a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan one year ago, Record has reported on the disaster—covering everything from the welfare of Japanese architects in the immediate aftermath to the ongoing rebuilding effort.

Photo courtesy U.S. Navy/Via Wikipedia

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