The MIT Inter-University Program in Japan (MIT iUP)’s recent activities from Fall 2012 in the Minamisanriku region of Tohoku are now live for viewing in this video compilation by participant Vanessa Powell of the University of Gloucestershire.
The Work of MIT Japan 3.11 Initiative 2011-2012
an Exhibit at Gallery A4 TOKYO
Visitors to the exhibit listen to Goto Kazuma, one of the residents of Minamisanriku, tell the story of his experience during and after the earthquake tsunami.
Take a virtual tour of the exhibit :
For more information, read the introduction to the BEYOND 3.11 exhibit, in English.
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.
More info can be found at:
The video from Professor Shun Kanda’s presentation at the MIT Media Lab’s ‘Japan Under Reconstruction’ symposium on April 7th, 2012, is now available to view online. Kanda spoke at the Symposium, along with Joi Ito, Hirosih Ishii, and Kent Larson from the MIT Media Lab, along with Hirotaka Takeuchi from the Harvard Business School.
We now have the opportunity to view online Shun Kanda and Jim Wescoat’s November lecture on the Japan 3/11 Initiative and the “Beauty of Place” in the reconstruction process.
The professors had spoken as part of the Fall 2011 “Zones of Emergency” lecture series, hosted by the MIT Art, Culture and Technology (ACT) Program.
Take a virtual journey on the Kesennuma Line, the East Japan Railway (JR) local line that runs up the coast in Miyagi Prefecture. It was severely damaged or – in some cases – completely destroyed during the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This video was filmed in 2009 with the last stop being Utatsu, where reconstruction is currently underway in conjunction with the community.
The Japan 3/11 Initiative was featured today in MIT News, showcasing upcoming projects for Year Two. Check out the link for updates as well as an interview with Shun Kanda on the intent behind the Initiative.
Check out this excellent video, capturing the story of the Babadoru 5-chome community and the shelter designed for them by the Japan 3/11 Initiative team. The narrative was artfully created by Atsushi Miyazaki.
Mayor Jin Sato and other Minami Sanriku residents were recently interviewed by MSNBC, on rebuilding 8 months after the tsunami.
During this summer’s workshop, Jegen Vincent de Paul and Shun Kanda conducted a series of interviews in Minami-Sanriku with the help of the Japanese filmmaker and translator Takaharu Saito.
Watch an excerpt of interviews from “Minami-Sanriku: An Archaeology of People and Place” below: