Architecture students, recent graduates, and professionals are invited to apply. While the official deadlines have passed for the Japan Design Workshop, there is time for last minute inquiries and applications. The deadline for International Advanced Design Workshop applicants is April 1st.
An article from Kathryn Schulz of the New Yorker raises awareness of the potential for the US Pacific Northwest coast to experience a major subduction earthquake and tsunami not dissimilar to the 3.11 event in Japan. The article, which was published last week, not only describes the potential similarities to 3.11, but the ways in which communities in the Northwest are in many ways much less prepared than those in Japan.
It also describes the collaborative detective work of how scientists came to understand the potential for an event: Native American oral tradition, offshore core samples from the US, and historical records of a 300+ year old ‘Orphan Tsunami’ in Japan — before which no quake was felt — were pieced together to form evidence to the story we have today.
Today we mark the fourth anniversary of the 3.11 disaster. To commemorate this milestone, we invite those local to Boston to attend:
Updates from Tohoku & A Night of Remembrance
Tuesday March 31, 2015
6pm – 8pm The Red Room at Cafe 939 Berklee College of Music 939 Boylston Street, Boston
Free and open to the public
Register at Eventbrite.
“Updates from Tohoku, a journey to new life,” is a commemoration of the fourth anniversary of 3.11, the disaster that occurred on March 11, 2011 in the Tohoku region of Japan and affected nearly 500,000 people.
The event highlights individuals and projects working in northeastern Japan since 3.11, including our own Shun Kanda in a talk titled “Beyond 2020_nx: A Vision for the Next Generation.” He is joined by Anne Nishimura Morse, curator of Japanese art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Megumi Ishimoto, founder and executive director of the NPO Women’s Eye. There will also be performances by Berklee student recipients of the TOMODACHI Suntory music scholarship.
Hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan in Boston, Berklee College of Music, Fish Family Foundation, Japan Society of Boston, and the U.S.-Japan Council/TOMODACHI Initiative
The work of the Japan 3.11 Initiative continues strongly throughout this coming summer, and organizations are recognizing the importance of this work.
The MIT Japan Design Workshop has been awarded a grant from the TOSHIBA INTERNATIONAL FOUNDATION for the project Beyond 2020_nx, for continuing workshops in Tohoku and to fund a film documentary on the future form of communities in the region.
In remembrance of the third anniversary of 3.11, here are some thoughts from Shun Kanda as shared with the Asia Society. You can find the article on their website or in this PDF available for download.
How have you commemorated this year’s anniversary?
To summarize the Initiative’s work in its second year of operation, we have produced a publication that gives a concise and visual overview of our Year Two activities. From built projects like the Baba-Nakayama Garden Pavilione to interdisciplinary dialogues such as the March symposium at the University of Tokyo, the Initiative has been actively engaged in its continued collaboration with the people of Minamisanriku.
Special thanks goes to the Japan Foundation’s Center for Global Partnership for providing the necessary funding for much of this work. The publication can be viewed here.
On the 2nd anniversary of the Great Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, MIT Japan 3.11 Initiative director Shun Kanda, along with Matthew Bunza (Lecturer in Architecture at MIT) took part in a symposium at Columbia University / Barnard College entitled, “The Great East Japan Earthquake: Creative Responses & Social Imagination.”
Alongside other speakers such as Chim↑Pom, Jake Price, Shimpei Takeda, Yuhei Suzuki, Alisa Prager, Kirsten Homma, Susan J. Onuma, Dr. Robert Yanagisawa, and Dr. Shunichi Homma; the symposium highlighting the diverse ongoing efforts of the respective speakers, asked questions about role of creative response, and reminded us all of the enormity of the work still left to be done in Tohoku.
Special thanks to Daiyu Suzuki, Nat Andreini, and the Consortium for Japan Relief for making the event possible.