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Designing for Survival: Stories from Tohoku

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UTS DAB, Level 4, Landscape Architecture Studio (CB06.04.05), 702-730 Harris Street, Sydney

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UTS School of Architecture 2017 autumn lecture series presents:

Dr Marieluise Jonas
Senior Lecturer, Landscape Architecture, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Designing for Survival: Stories from Tohoku

In the aftermath of the devastating destruction wrought by the 3/11 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami potential new directions to pursue habitation and settlement have become possible for the Tohoku region. In addition, new specifications for designs yet to be invented have been necessitated, as previous infrastructure-based approaches of securing settlements have failed disastrously.

Now is an opportunity to recalibrate communities, infrastructures and imaginations to a new scale – one that affords humans the time, space, and ability to recognize and to move responsively and in relation to the non-human scale of planetary geo-forces.

How can we ‘build back better’? What fresh ideas are there for new forms of living? How does Tohoku hold ideas for multigenerational, inclusive, decentralized, economically stable and future-oriented environments? What do landscape architects offer in re-conceptualizing safe settlements? What are limits for recovery?

The lecture draws on a wide range of project case studies and applied design research conducted by Dr Jonas over the course of 6 years of project work in the region. The lecture will offer a renewed perspective that draws on site and transformation, and reflects on processes, successes and failures of post-disaster recovery in a highly complex and ongoing process in Tohoku.

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