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:
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Here’s the letter in full:
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.