Sendai Quake: Supporting Reconstruction

Sendai Quake: Supporting Reconstruction

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Mar 12, 2011
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Architecture for Humanity is working with a number of local professionals
in Kyoto, Tokyo and Osaka to provide support and design services to those impacted by the earthquake and tsunami. We are raising funds and laying the groundwork to support local design professionals in the rebuilding of safe, sustainable housing and civic structures.

If you would like to support the rebuilding effort we are receiving contributions online.

You can find updates on unfolding events on Twitter using the hashtag #honyaquake.

After primary needs are addressed, Architecture for Humanity will move to support those local Japanese architects and building professionals who want to contribute their own time and expertise in the rebuilding efforts. We will direct resources to help professionals protect and preserve cultural and historic structures and provide services to communities that would otherwise not have access to their expertise.

Below is an initial timeline that outlines our participation in Japan’s reconstruction efforts. This will continue to evolve and grow.

Next Six Weeks
1. Support the #honyaquake movement with global translators
2. Distribute lessons learned [underway]
3. Engage Our Network of Building Professionals [underway]
4. Assist in raising funds for design services and construction [underway]

Six Weeks to Nine Months
5. Pre-Planning Assessments and Damage Analysis
6. Identify key projects and begin design and development process
7. Assist housing agencies as residential planning begins

Focus and Team
Our team will focus on providing a suite of design and construction services as well as construction financing for small 'urban acupuncture' centers; transitional shelters, health clinics, community structures, schools, hospitals and civic structures. To implement these goals we will be interfacing with design professionals in Kyoto, Tokyo and Osaka as well as a number of Japanese architects and professional associations in our global network.

Thank you all those long-term thinkers who have already made donations and are supporting the work ahead.

If you would like to support the work and want to get involved or have suggestions please let us know.

Thank you.

[U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Alexander Tidd/Released]