Practice of Co-creative Reconstruction in Northeastern Japan for Building Resilience

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Keno SFC Academic Society
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
Keio SFC Journal, 2016, 16 (1), pp. 26 - 59
Issue Date:
2016
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It is often criticized that the post-3.11 reconstruction is behind the schedule. However, we should not forget the complexity of the triple disasters. It is difficult to capture a big picture of the reconstruction because of the wide region and uncertainty of the situation. This paper reviews the features of the disasters and the barriers in reconstruction through the lens of resilience. Based on the practice of charrette design workshops in Minamisoma City and Kesennuma City, we propose a co-creative approach for reconstruction with four components: intermediate organisation, citizen community, spatial planning, and implementing projects. The four components work together to form a creative vision of reconstruction rooted in the intrinsic resources of the areas. A charrette design workshop provides a platform for this co-creation, and spatial planning spatially harmonizes a variety of intrinsic resources and reconstruction projects toward the resilient reconstruction vision. Further cases are needed to validate the applicability of this approach in other cities.
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