Rapid Visual Site Analysis

This first study focuses on rapid methods of post-disaster site analysis and planning for a Memorial Community Center in the district of Utatsu, which was devastated by the tsunami.

Rapid visual methods have been developed to screen seismic architectural hazards (e.g., FEMA 154/155), but there is a need for additional development of rapid site reconnaissance, analysis, and planning methods. This goal was pursued in four stages:

  1. Site Analysis Methods
  2. Landscape Transect Analysis
  3. Site Analysis and Planning
  4. Community Center Schematic Design

On-site fieldwork was conducted to assist Miyagi University’s on-going relief work was conducted at Minami Sanriku in July 2011. Anticipating limited on-site resources, the bulk of workshop activities were centered in the Tané valley of Shiga Prefecture.  The project is now engaged in refining these methods of rapid post-disaster site analysis and planning.

Within the Landscape Transect Analysis stage, seven areas of Utatsu were identified for study in locations mapped across the city :

Based on this large-scaled analysis, the students regrouped to focus on specific sites :