Extracting Placemaking Tools from Minamisanriku

By Martha Isaacs After The Glass-House Chief Executive Sophia de Sousa returned from her research trip to the seaside town […]

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Posted on Jul 2, 2015

Lessons from Minamisanriku: Octopus-Kun – a place to craft

The power of activity and enterprise Following the tsunami, one of the biggest challenges for local people, particularly those whose […]

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Posted on May 18, 2015

Lessons from Minamisanriku: Community Gardening

Displacement and personal investment in temporary spaces One of the initiatives led by the local government following the displacement and […]

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Posted on May 15, 2015

Lessons from Minamisanriku: Koala Library

What are the most important civic buildings? The first civic building that was rebuilt in Minamisanriku after the tsunami was […]

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Posted on May 13, 2015

Lessons from Minamisanriku: The sea as a resource

Can preventative infrastructure compromise the quality and livelihood of a place? Minamisanriku has an economy that is based primarily on […]

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Posted on May 11, 2015

Lessons from Minamisanriku: What does place mean to us?

Negotiating different personal and community associations with a building or place Minamisanriku is in many ways an idyllic setting, a […]

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Posted on May 7, 2015

Lessons from Minamisanriku: Introduction

When I asked a survivor of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Minamisanriku, Japan in June 2011 what we could […]

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Posted on May 6, 2015