Autumn 2013

Years Three to Five

By year three of the project, Minami Sanriku residents will gradually transfer out of their temporary housing and permanent resettlement work will begin. Recovery and reconstruction of new communities will certainly be realized over a much longer duration of years to come. It is hoped that the consortium of universities in Japan will have adopted the innovative curriculum of Disaster-Resilient Planning, Design & Reconstruction developed through this project’s efforts.

Over the longer term, the accumulating results of the MIT Japan 3/11 Initiative will create an educational model brought into focus however unfortunately by the recent devastation of the triple disaster in Tohoku. Ultimately, these initiatives may serve as a demonstrative project for disaster preparedness and, with equal significance, the ecological prototype for a much neglected resurgence of the untold imminent demise of regional communities across the valleys and sea-coasts throughout Japan.

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