Post Tsunami Reconstruction Workshop

08 May 2012

15:00 - 18:00 Tuesday 8 May 2012


66 Portland Place, London


At this specialist workshop British and Japanese architects will explore new ways of reconstructing large areas of north-east Japan that were devastated by the earthquake and tsunami of 11 March 2011.  

The workshop will cover some of the processes the Japan Institute of Architects (JIA) went through in the immediate aftermath of disaster. It will also address some of the following questions, amongst many others:

What can be learned from other natural disasters in Europe? What is the role of the architect and other specialists after a natural disaster has occurred? How can citizens be encouraged to participate in redevelopment planning proposals? Technical solutions such as floating islands and tsunami resistance in the built environment will also be covered.  The workshop will also look in detail at the Yuriage Renaissance Project.

The workshop will be moderated by architect William Mann, from Witherford Watson Mann Architects

There is space for a small audience at this workshop. Please email if you are interested in attending.


British panellists include:

Florian Beigel, Architect, Architectural Research Unit, London Metropolitan University

Richard Coutts, Baca Architects

Dr Matthew Barac, Architecture Sans Frontières and London South Bank University

Professor Noel Witts, Professor of Performing Arts, Leeds Metropolitan University


Japanese panellists include:

Shoichi Haryu, Head of reconstruction team in Miyagi

Junichiro Matsumoto, Head of reconstruction team in north-east Japan

Yoko Yanagisawa, Member of JIA and Yuriage Renaissance project

Koichi Sakurai, Director of Yur iage Market, representing local victims

Tamaki Hariu: Yuriage Machi-café, Representative from voluntary community centre in Yuriage



Participation is free, but space is very limited


Please email for more information


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