Reconstructing Space, Reconstructing Community in Japan

00:00 - 8 December, 2013
The Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale showed some of the disaster reconstruction work. . Image © Nico Saieh
The Japan Pavilion at the Venice Biennale showed some of the disaster reconstruction work. . Image © Nico Saieh

Still rebuilding after the catastrophic tsunami of 2011, Toyo Ito, Kazuyo Sejima, and other notable Japanese architects, have teamed up on the "Home for All" project to provide community-focused housing to disaster-stricken communities. While the architect-driven initiative seems to be a success, Edwin Heathcote of the Financial Times asks in this exquisitely well-written article: are a set of "starchitects" the right team for the job? (Spoiler: Yes)

Eight Years Later, A Post-Katrina Report Card

18:00 - 14 September, 2013
A landscaped pedestrian path that was part of the construction efforts post-Katrina. Image © Wikimedia Commons
A landscaped pedestrian path that was part of the construction efforts post-Katrina. Image © Wikimedia Commons

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, design charettes involving the Gulf coast community led to many proposals, ranging from the large-scale (establishing Gulfport as a major harbor city) to the more personal (bike paths). Eight years after the fact, many of these projects are still in progress, or have yet to begin - but the outlook remains bright. The Sun-Herald's Michael Newsom explores the background behind these efforts, and explains the hurdles they’ve faced along the way. Read the full piece here.