Portion of Proposed 10 Meter High Seawalls


Portion of Proposed 10 Meter High Seawalls
Post-Disaster: Japan's Response to the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami


natural disasters; disaster planning; breakwaters


Post-disaster surveys indicated that people preferred a larger seawall to defend against future tsunamis of the same magnitude. However, over time, opinions have changed but design decisions have been approved and 14-20 meter high seawalls are expected to be built throughout the entire coastline
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


Architecture and City Planning




Otsuchi, Iwate, Japan




Nuguid, Vail, “Portion of Proposed 10 Meter High Seawalls,” Spitzer School of Architecture, accessed July 22, 2024, http://digitalscholarship.ccny.cuny.edu/architecture/items/show/1183.

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