Tohoku Digest: November 2014

Tohoku Digest: November 2014

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Dec 10, 2014
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Ship-building companies in the affected regions moving full steam towards reconstruction!

Kitakami River, the largest river in the Tohoku region that spans north-south between the Miyagi and Iwate prefectures, has contributed greatly to the lives of people. There has been a long history of towns sprouting around the Kitakami River, with the thriving ship-making industries rising in response to the bountiful fish and clams in the rivers and the clear water helping to grow healthy crop. The city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi has many fishing ports due to its location being where the Kitakami River connects to the Pacific Ocean, leading to the development of a highly skilled ship-building industry. The first domestically-built western-style ship, the San Juan Bautista, was built in the Ogatsu district of this city, in order to facilitate trade between Spain and Japan in the 17th century.


Ishinomaki's ship-building industry suffered tremendous damage in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. 1,439 fishing ports were affected, and according to a report released by the Miyagi prefecture on September 11 2014, only 23% of these have rebuilt since then. Companies are still barely operating in their damaged factories not only because reconstruction is very costly, but also due to the timing of logistics with seawall construction and rezoning plans. The ship-building businesses that MakiBiz is currently supporting were stuck in their reconstruction plans as well. However, we are finally foreseeing that they will be able to begin construction sometime in 2015-2016.


Currently MakiBiz is supporting a total of 12 ship-building companies in the Ogatsu, Kadowaki, and Watanoha regions within Ishinomaki, as well as in Kesennnuma city. We will continue supporting these businesses, to help them come back as more sustainable businesses in their new factories equipped with the newest facilities by 2017.


If you have a chance to visit Miyagi Prefecture, be sure to check out the high craftsmanship in ship-building as well!



UPDATES / アップデート

MakiBiz RFP Program Overview

The 2 out of the 9 MakiBiz RFP Program's projects that remain to be completed - Konpiramaru and Tamiko Abe, are moving forward towards completion quickly. Learn more about each project through their links on the Open Architecture Network.


MakiBiz Client Intake

MakiBiz has supported 190 business owners since it opened its office. Information about our clients, along with other MakiBiz updates can be found here.


Kitakami Chawanmushi coming soon!

The clients who we've provided architectural support to have collaborated with others in various events held by companies and governments. At the Tour de Tohoku 2014 event organized by Yahoo!Japan in September, and held at the Kitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center, they handed out "Kitakami Chawanmushi" to 1,500 cyclists to promote their product. The "Kitakami Chawanmushi" will be available for sale soon! See the website for more details.

まきビズがこれまでに建築サポートをさせていただいたクライアントは企業や行政が行う様々なイベントとコラボをして、精力的に活動を継続されていらっしゃいます。2013年に完成したコミュニティー施設「We Are One 北上」ではYahoo!Japanが9月に開催した「ツール・ド・東北2014」においてエイドステーションとして同団体が企画推進している「北上茶碗蒸し」1500食を参加者のライダーに振る舞い、地元の食をPRしました。「北上茶碗蒸し」は近日発売予定です!詳しくは→

Tohoku Shien Kai

Tohoku Shien Kai (Tohoku Support Events) were started by industry leaders and businessmen in the major cities around Tokyo with the thought that they can support affected regions even from afar. On their 8th event on October 24, over 150 businessmen from various backgrounds attended to learn about Tohoku's sake industry, as well as support organizations in the Tohoku region. MakiBiz participated in this event, and spoke about our projects. We're happy that visitors had the chance to further understand the current situation of the Tohoku region, which is still in need of much help.


Ishinomaki Daily Children's Newspaper Workshop

The Ishinomaki Daily Children's Newspaper was established to help children who experienced hardship in the earthquake and tsunami, overcome their tough experiences by learning about their town through interviewing and reporting on various Ishinomakians. In addition to the newspaper, they host craft workshops for children. Workshops are led by local professionals, and encourage children to imagine the future of their hometown. In November, MakiBiz was invited to lead a three-part model-making workshop titled "Architecture and City Planning." Using materials easily accessible by children, we had them design and build resilient structures. The first workshop was "Tower that won’t fall". The second workshop was "Bridge that won’t break". Then the third workshop was "House that won’t be washed away." The children participated with more enthusiasm than we had anticipated, and came up with a wide range of creative ideas that amazed us. Perhaps an architect will emerge from the group in the future!


Participation in the public forum at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction confirmed!

The UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction is aimed at being a platform for discussion on worldwide risk reduction strategies. The third event will be held from March 14 - 19, 2015 in the city of Sendai. Japan, who frequently experiences natural hazards, will share knowledge and best practices so that good practices towards disaster risk reduction can be applied worldwide. The conference will also offer opportunities to for attendees to think of how each and every individual can act on and improve their knowledge on disaster prevention. Architecture for Humanity will be there sharing our work focusing on disaster reconstruction and community resilience, to communicate the power of design in disaster reconstruction and risk reduction!

国際的な防災戦略について議論する国連主催の会議。第3回会議は東日本大震災の被災地である仙台市において2015年3月14日〜18日に開催されます。災害大国日本から東日本大震災をはじめとする災害経験の教訓や知見を国内外に発信し、世界の防災の取組みの推進に貢献すること、そして国民一人一人が情報を共有し、防災意識を高め次世代に伝えていくことを目的とし、産学民が連携した様々なイベントが同時開催されます。そしてArchitecture for Humanityは災害支援や地域レジリエンスを軸に代表的な活動を紹介し、デザインの力を通じた復興・防災について発信してまいります!


PROJECT TRACKING / プロジェクト近況レポート

Project Name Project Stage % Stage Complete
Biwa-no-kage Indoor Sports Facility / びわのかげ運動公園 室内運動施設 CD 75%
Konpiramaru / 金比羅丸 CA 90%
Tamiko Abe / 阿部民子 CA 90%
Oikawa Denki / 及川電機 Completed Aug 2014
Baikado / 梅花堂 Completed Jul 2014
Wakaba Kindergarten / 閖上わかば幼稚園 Completed Apr 2014
Tesuki Washi Ushiogami / 手漉き和紙潮紙 Completed Mar 2014
Park for All in Kamaishi / 釜石みんなのひろば Completed Feb 2014
Yamadai Utsumi Suisan / ヤマダイ内海水産 Completed Jan 2014
Sasaki Tekko / 佐々木鉄工 Completed Jan 2014
Yamayo Suisan / ヤマヨ水産 Completed Oct 2013
Shizugawa Fishermen's Workspace "Banya" / 志津川本浜番屋 Completed Feb 2013
Maeami-hama Community House / 前網浜コミュニティーハウス Completed Feb 2013
Kitakami "We Are One" Market and Youth Center / 北上ウィー・アー・ワン・コラボラティブ Completed Dec 2012
Akahama Covered Alley / 赤浜地区仮設住宅の雁木で育てる小さなコミュニティー Completed Jul 2012
Oshika House - Women's Collaborative / ぼっぽら Completed Jul 2012
Paper Crane Sculpture / 折鶴オブジェ Completed Jan 2012
Shizugawa Judo Juku / 志津川柔道塾 Completed Dec 2011
Ohya Green Sports Park / 大谷グリーン・スポーツパーク Completed Dec 2011
Hikado Marketplace / ひかど市場 Completed Jul 2011

CA Construction Administration / 施工管理; CD Construction Documents / 実施設計図; DD Design Development / 基本設計; SD Schematic Design / 基本デザイン; PD Pre-Design /  デザイン構想- About the Phases(英語のみ)