Models Created by Grade School Students of a Reimagined Tohoku


Models Created by Grade School Students of a Reimagined Tohoku
Post-Disaster: Japan's Response to the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami


natural disasters; disaster planning; exhibitions (events)


Grade school students who were affected by the disaster were asked to share their vision of the recovery after the earthquake and tsunami. It was clear that the children were very hopeful of their future.
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




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Vail Nuguid


Sculpture and Installations




Sendai, Japan




Nuguid, Vail, “Models Created by Grade School Students of a Reimagined Tohoku,” Spitzer School of Architecture, accessed June 25, 2024,

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