Shun Kanda recently gave a lecture at MIT to a group of students from Tohoku entitled “Power of Place, of People, as One.” He showcased the recently completed Garden Pavilione in Baba-Nakayama and the community-driven initiatives that have developed in the wake of 3/11. Also featured were creative ideas and new typologies for the future of coastal towns in Tohoku as they move to higher ground.
The students are all survivors of the 3/11 disaster who have joined the non-profit organization, Beyond Tomorrow. They are visiting the US to obtain first-hand accounts from leaders in New Orleans, New York, and Washington D.C. Their Boston visit was sponsored by the Fish Family Foundation.
A similar lecture was also given at University of Tokyo on July 29th, at the start of the Japan 3/11 Design Workshop.
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.
What happens when the community of Heisei no mori joins forces with 3/11 Initiative students, professionals, and professors? A seed is born! The above photo shows the first steps towards a community center in Utatsu. It is the hope that creating a covered outdoor space before winter snows fall will encourage the informal gatherings and brainstorms that have already taken place in the rebuilding.
More updates on the project will be provided as it progresses.