Rebuilding Japan

by Rakks | April 7th, 2011

AIA Helping Relief and Restoration Efforts Overseas

Architects and AIA help Japan relief efforts
Photo from Architectural Record, courtesy of John Pawson

In the wake of the massive March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Japan, architects throughout the U.S. are mobilizing efforts to help, from raising funds to lending design services when rebuilding begins. Although construction plans are on the backburner with relief efforts being the current focus, Seattle-based architect Rachel Minnery, chairperson of the AIA’s Disaster Assistance Task Force, and her team are ready to take action whenever possible. Created after U.S. natural disasters Hurricane Katrina and Rita, this organization “encourages architects to undergo Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) training to learn how to properly assess building damage” (Hughes).

Other prominent contributors include Architecture for Humanity (AHF) which has raised $250,000 toward the construction of a Sendai youth center and the AIA Baton Rouge Chapter that is working on establishing temporary residences to replace the 20,000 estimated homes lost.

To read more about these initiatives, visit the Architectural Record article from C.J. Hughes.

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