Build Back Better Tohoku

by Architecture for Humanity
May 23, 2014

Tohoku Reconstruction Update: May


Business support is one of MakiBiz's two main focus of works. One way we provide this type of support is through hosting our business seminars, in partnership with business experts. On May 7, our successful four-day marketing seminar, "Using Design to Expand Your Market" came to an end.

This seminar series along with the one-on-one consultations that came with it, were led by our partner, Mr. Kasama from Communa Translation Design. Approximately 40 businesses and supporting organizations participated in these events, and worked rigorously in coming up with a marketing plan for their business.

In the seminars titled, "Strategizing new products to expand your market" and "How to work with a designer," participants had the opportunity to learn about the basics of marketing and branding. The attendees earnestly listened, as Mr. Kasama began with the question, "What is design?" - a question that was often floating on their minds without anyone to ask.

The one-on-one consultations sessions were particularly popular. We could see the faces of participants gradually lighten up, as they received advice on solving current issues, and tips on next steps to take to further grow their businesses. Seeing this gave us a renewed confirmation on the importance of working one-on-one with affected business owners. We plan to have seminars like this more regularly in the future.




MakiBiz RFP Program Overview

Baikado, Oikawa Denki, Konpiramaru, and Tamiko Abe are currently under construction or in their design phases.  With the goal to complete all projects by August 2014, we are working with clients and the design and construction team to move each project forward.  Learn more about these projects, as well as the completed ones on each project page on the Open Architecture Network.


MakiBiz Client Intake

MakiBiz has supported 170 business owners since its office opened in November 2012.  Information about our clients, along with other MakiBiz updates can be found here.


Gifu Nagaragawa Rotary Club visits MakiBiz

On April 24, we spoke with Gifu Nagaragawa's Rotary Club members, who visited MakiBiz, displaying interest in our work.

Our work at MakiBiz is gradually reaching a wider audience, and we are frequently receiving inquiries from architects who want to learn more, and from volunteers looking to get involved. Thank you! We hope to continue expanding our fan base!



This year, we'll be participating in [STAND UP WEEK], an event that is held a week before  Ishinomaki's biggest festival, " Kawabiraki (River Opening)." This event, titled "Expo for creating the future," uniquely highlights people and groups around the city through various events and activities.  MakiBiz is currently strategizing a fun way to participate in this event!




MakiBiz participating in [STAND UP WEEK 2014: Role-model City for Creating a Future
July 25-August 1
Place: Ishinomaki
About: Using the four scenarios: play + feel + make + eat, there will be many opportunities for visitors to experience the new Ishinomaki!
Organized by: ISHINOMAKI 2.0





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Architecture for Humanity

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

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