The Initiative is MIT's response to the devastating March 2011 earthquakes and tsunami in the Tohoku region of Japan. The $69,000, one-year grant will be used for planning costs connected with the creation of a symposium and a community center in Minami Sanriku, Japan, a village virtually destroyed during last year's disaster.
This multi-use interim town center will be planned in conjunction with the residents of Minami Sanriku's largest temporary housing site. The center will provide a vital gathering space for this displaced community, offer a wide range of services to the village, and help residents return to their daily routines and draw strength from each other during the rebuilding process.
Richard Samuels — MIT-Japan Program director, Ford International Professor of Political Science, and CIS director — expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity to bring political scientists, architects and planners together in this project.
MIT is also creating a university curriculum as part of a wider effort to study and promote disaster-resilient town planning, design and reconstruction.
// MIT Tech TV
Shun Kanda, Senior Lecturer, MIT School of Architecture + Planning, discusses the Japan 3.11 project.