Close Up View of Elevated Land


Close Up View of Elevated Land
Post-Disaster: Japan's Response to the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami


natural disasters; disaster planning; construction sites


The elevated land is one way of providing protection from the tsunamis. The streets will remain the same level which will act as drainage zones for possible flooding.
This project was funded by Bernard and Anne Spitzer Travel Fellowship for research projects involving travel abroad and incorporating the study of architecture, landscape architecture, or urbanism.
The purpose of this research trip to Japan is to identify the qualities of successful post-disaster city planning and architecture, which can potentially be applied towards immediate and impervious strategies on a global level. Since the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, Japan has undergone massive improvements, due to advancements in construction technology, community-centered and forward-thinking designs as well as a general faith in rebuilding and recovery. Albeit, some of the tsunami-prevention strategies have stirred international controversy, the Japanese are the undoubted frontrunners in ensuring resiliency in saving human lives. Hopefully this information will shed light on some of the ways we as designers can rethink disaster-risk management and recovery.


Nuguid, Vail


This image is under copyright. You need to contact copyright owners for any commercial or non-commercial uses. Contact information:
Vail Nuguid


Garden and Landscape




Rikuzentakata, Iwate, Japan




Nuguid, Vail, “Close Up View of Elevated Land,” Spitzer School of Architecture, accessed June 25, 2024,

Image Viewer

Click below to view an image using the viewer.

Item Relations

This item has no relations.