Face to Face With Nature

This A+U August special issue – Face to Face With Nature: Cities, Architecture, People – features essays contributed by persons involved in the recovery effort in government, at embassies, and at non-profit professional associations. It also introduces the post-earthquake activities of the Nikken Sekkei and Nikken Group, one of the Japan’s leading planning, design and management consultancy groups.

JA+U : Face to Face With Nature - a+u August 2012 Special Issue
“Liquefaction Preparedness” examines the liquefaction damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake and what precautions can be taken to avoid future destabilisation of reclaimed land. 

JA+U : Face to Face With Nature - a+u August 2012 Special Issue
An article on the Japanese Red Cross Ishinomaki Hospital, designed by Nikken Sekkei,  explains how, thanks to technology like these seismic dampers, the hospital withstood the disaster from an architectural, as well as planning point of view.

JA+U : Face to Face With Nature - a+u August 2012 Special Issue
The Nikken Group has been sponsoring an in-house Environmental Design Competition since 2007. In 2011, the participants were invited to propose new paradigms for next-generation standards under the theme “Recovery Vision”.

JA+U : Face to Face With Nature - a+u August 2012 Special Issue
This article “Volunteer Group: Evacuation, Terrain, Time, Map – Toward a Notation of the City in the Era of Contraction” introduces Nikken Sekkei’s internship program under which volunteers from the company worked together with students from the disaster area on research into their home region.

These other articles, by leading practitioners and experts are featured in A+U’s August 2012 Special Issue.