Disaster reconstruction at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale

October 5th, 2012  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, NewsBites

Disaster reconstruction at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale

At the Venice Biennale this past summer, post-disaster reconstruction in Japan after the Tohoku earthquake was one of the major themes. The Japanese Pavilion showcased a series of projects by young Japanese architects, and the Common Ground exhibition featured a project by Sanaa. In case you missed it, here is a quick round up of [...]

Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Container Housing in Onagawa

May 7th, 2012  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, NewsBites

Shigeru Ban’s Temporary Container Housing in Onagawa

Shortly after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March 2011, we heard about Shigeru Ban’s plan to build a multi-storey temporary housing in Onagawa. Completed nearly 9 months later in November 2011, the complex was deemed a success, with claims like “residents are so satisfied with their interim accommodations that they have [...]

Team Japan Blogs from Nagaoka

March 7th, 2012  |  by admin  |  published in Internships 2012, Student Blog

Team Japan Blogs from Nagaoka

Our students Ella Chau, Wan-Ting Chiang, John Holm, and Tommaso Sacconi are currently in Nagaoka, Japan for their internship with architect and earthquake disaster prevention expert Norio Maki, guest professor of the course who participated in our Rebuilding Japan conference back in December. Make sure to follow their updates here on the student blog and [...]

Rebuilding Japan: Guest Professor Norio Maki

January 11th, 2012  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, NewsBites

Rebuilding Japan: Guest Professor Norio Maki

Just before the holiday, our students took part in a workshop led by Japanese architects experts in disaster reconstruction. Professors Norio Maki of Kyoto University’s Research Centre for Disaster Reduction Systems, Masahiro Sawada of Nagaoka Institute of Design’s Department of Architecture and Environmental Design, and Ikuo Kobayashi of Kobe Yamate University shared their expertise gathered [...]

Rebuilding Japan Conference featured in El Pais

January 10th, 2012  |  by admin  |  published in Blog, NewsBites

Rebuilding Japan Conference featured in El Pais

Rebuilding Japan Conference 12 Dec 2011, COAC, Barcelona. From left to right: Ikuo Kobayashi, Masahiro Sawada, Toni Casamor (COAC), Giovanna Carnevali (masters director), Moriko Kira, and Norio Maki Following our open conference Rebuilding Japan: Lessons in architectural response held in December, Spain’s leading newspaper El País covered the event in this article, laying out the [...]

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