Build Back Better Tohoku

by Architecture for Humanity
May 10, 2011

Sendai Reconstruction Update: Month 2

Dear all,
We have been really overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for our efforts to rebuild after the tragic earthquake and tsunami in the Tohoku region of Japan. Thanks to you and thousands like you we've raised close to $1M for long term reconstruction work. This will help us rebuild over the next few years.

Our team in Sendai has been reporting regularly as they are hosting community workshops and meetings. Each meeting brings new opportunities and new hurdles. As we evaluate where to make the greatest impact we've begun to identify 5 or 6 projects that range from small scale - temporary housing and community storage lockers - to large scale - rebuilding an entire fishing village and supporting economic stability in affected communities.

We have two clearly identified youth projects, an orphanage and a school, that we are implementing thanks to tens of thousands of young philanthropists through Students Rebuild (who created over 1M cranes, only 900K more than the target!)

We have started a page on the Open Architecture Network, our system for managing, monitoring and evaluating projects. You will find the range of work we are implementing, maps and updated videos and images from the ground -

Our Program Staff
Yuji Tiara, Autumn Ness, Tohru Horiguchi, Tomoro Aida** and Hiromi Tabei**

Our Advisory Group
Hitoshi Abe, Mark Dytham, Astrid Klein, Yutaka Takiura, Yoshiharu Tsukamoto, Ryo Yamazaki, Toshiko Mori and Cameron Sinclair

We will be positing these updates at least once a month to keep you informed and updated on the projects. If you have any questions or are interested in getting involved in a deeper way do not hesitate to contact us at or 415-963-3511.



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Architecture for Humanity

Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Architecture for Humanity
Project Leader:
Hiromi Tabei
San Francisco, CA United States

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