Disaster Relief Project #1: interview with Shigeru Ban

My admiration for Shigeru Ban and his minimal and resourceful architecture extends to his unfailing interest and compassion – I salute him and his team with this  interview from Utsunomiya City by Francesca Picchi via domus 

In two installments, Shigeru Ban discusses the intervention practices of the Voluntary Architects Network (VAN) in the areas of disaster-stricken Japan. Part I explains the project’s first intervention to aid the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami

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Japan: Two Perspectives after Disaster (via Encountering Urbanization)

This is part of an res -URGENT discussion needed of how globalization and the “just-in-time’ delivery networks of supermarkets and manufacturing business undermine a cities RESILIENCE and ability to withstand both large scale catastrophic disaster as well as the slower effects of global “shrinkage” in the face of economic downturn pressures which don’t make the headlines in the same way as tsunami’s and earthquakes, but having equally devastating results for the urban poor – especially in the marginalized cities of the global south. Shigeru Ban is an architect who has been outspoken in stating the case for responsible architecture and urbanization:

Japan: Two Perspectives after Disaster Two weeks after the worst earthquake in Japan’s history the discussions surround relieve and rebuilding bring multiple perspectives about what nations and NGOs are doing to help the country of Japan.  With this disaster effecting millions of people it is rather difficult to put these events into a human scale.  The two stories below attempt to do just that as two architects discuss their perspective on these events. Architect Shigeru Ban, in a Ne … Read More

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“Please help Japan” – Tokujin Yoshioka via dezeen

Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka has sent this letter and video asking for donations to the Red Cross for disaster relief following the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan.


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Here’s the letter in full:

Dear friends,

As you may already have known, Japan was hit by the largest earthquake ever recorded on Friday, March 11th.

The huge quake and devastating tsunami has left the overwhelming damage to the country and we are still facing this terrifying conditions.

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