JSAA2013 Public lecture: Professor Hitoshi Abe on Living in Sendai After 3/11

Professor Abe's keynote address at the 18th Biennial conference of the Japanese Studies Association of Australia will be open to the public.


On 3/11, the Great Eastern Japan earthquake and tsunami destroyed areas of Japan beyond anything imaginable and created problems never previously encountered. People were forced to reconsider the norm and architects/urban designers to rethink their role and the architectural profession itself. The lecture will address the efforts of Atelier Hitoshi Abe and ArchiAid in their collaborative effort with Japanese architects to examine the implications of the disaster.

During his decade-long career as a leader in education, Professor Hitoshi Abe taught at Tohoku Institute of Technology from 1994 to 2007 (Sendai, Japan) and is now the Chair of the UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design. In 2010 he was also appointed Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Chair in the Study of Contemporary Japan as well as Director of the UCLA Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies. Professor Abe also maintains an active international design practice in Sendai, Japan and Los Angeles. Known for his spatially complex and structurally innovative architecture he has received numerous awards in Japan and internationally.


Chair, UCLA Department of Architecture and Urban Design
Paul I. and Hisako Terasaki Chair in the Study of Contemporary Japan

Professor Abe is a founding member of the construction support network of architects, ArchiAid. ArchiAid works in close collaboration with the affected areas of the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, through the Sendai Design League. Based in Tohoku University this league links together the architectural departments of local universities and also collaborates with Architecture for Humanity to assist with the rebuilding of the disaster affected areas and the creation of a foundation to support reconstruction efforts in the disaster zones. Archiaid works toward the revival of design education that was damaged by the earthquake and also toward the accumulation and illumination of knowledge pertaining to the disaster.


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