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Toyo Ito: Message for Tohoku

Message for those affected by the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake and Tsunami

I would like to express my heartfelt concern and sympathy for everyone confronting the effects of the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake and Tsunami.

This cataclysmic event has occurred just as we in the nonprofit Initiative for Tomorrow’s Opportunities in Architecture are preparing to launch a school that we hope will embody the very name of our organization. Hearing from colleagues at universities in the Tohoku region about conditions following the earthquake and tsunami, we can only dimly imagine the terrible depths of this catastrophe. Even so, we want to be of some kind of assistance - we feel there must be something we can do for those in the affected areas. 

The primary reason for establishing our own school of architecture was the desire to reevaluate the question, “Exactly for who and for what purpose do architects make architecture?” We cannot help but feel that this almost unimaginably fundamental issue for those who think about architecture has become completely overlooked by established and aspiring architects alike. Almost to the point of exhaustion, we have called for an architecture that is made for people, and communities. Nor should these be overly abstracted or schematized people and communities, but actual, living and breathing human beings.

However, when we face those whose lives have been disrupted by the current disaster, we cannot approach them as architects and must approach them as individuals. Neither communities of autonomous egos that exist only in concept nor theories of collectivism have any use here. The only concern is how I, as a person, can help you, as a person - one to another. It is for this reason that we hope that even though it is not charity, the thinking behind this architecture school can be of assistance, if only at a small scale.

Upon launching the school’s Architect Development Program course for emerging architects, we plan to first take our students to visit the Tohoku region to hear in person the experiences of the people there, and to also have architects from Tohoku come to Tokyo to speak with us directly, in order to discuss ways that we can be of assistance. During summer holidays we hope to invite primary school children from the affected areas to visit our museum in Imabari on the island of Omishima in the Seto Inland Sea, where they can interact with their local peers and we can exchange ideas about urban communities together. Further, we are considering revising our originally planned curriculum to address issues related to the disaster. 

We sincerely hope that even as a small, private organization, our school can provide a foothold for supporting the restoration process.

Toyo Ito
March 28, 2011

(via ART iT)

The following text was originally published in Japanese on March 28 on the ITO School website, and is reproduced here in English with permission of Toyo Ito and ITO School.

ANA Mileage Club members can donate miles as relief funds for people and area affected by the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake.

A massive 8.9/9.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Pacific Ocean nearby Northeastern Japan at around 2:46pm on March 11 (JST) causing damage with blackouts, fire and tsunami. On this page we are providing the information regarding the disaster and damage with realtime updates.



Above, “Tokyo Geiger Counter,” built with this DIY kit. The location is Tokyo/Kotoku.(thanks, Francesco Fondi)

CNET: “The intensifying nuclear crisis in Japan is raising anxieties on both sides of the Pacific over the potential impacts of radiation exposure, and a relative dearth of official information on radiation levels is leading some to turn to crowdsourced options. (…) With official estimations of the threat from radiation across Japan changing rapidly and sometimes inconsistent, a number of real-time amateur radiation monitors have popped up online.



Twitter proposes specific hashtags for new regional information in Japanese Earthquake / Tsunami

#save_miyagi 宮城県の情報 - info in Miyagi

#save_fukushima 福島県の情報 - info in Fukushima

#save_ibaraki 茨城県の情報 - info in Ibaragi

#save_iwate 岩手県の情報 - info in Iwate

#save_aomori 青森県の情報 - info in Aomori

#save_yamagata 山形県の情報 - info in Yamagata

#save_niigata 新潟の情報 - info in Niigata

#save_nagano 長野の情報 - info in Nagano



#jishin 地震一般に関する情報 info for eathquake

#j_j_helpme 救助要請 SOS!!

#hinan 避難 evacuation

#anpi 安否確認 - Safety Confirmation

#311care 医療系被災者支援情報 - Medical information to help the victims

#311sppt 本当に支援が必要な現地の方々の生の声のみ - tweets from only people who need a help now!!


#315teiden 停電情報 - blackout

#315train 電車の運行状況 - train schedule

#315bus バスの運行状況 - bus schedule

#315car 道路交通状況 - traffic info

#315plane 飛行機の運行状況 air schedule

"With many thanks for your support"

Japanese Victims and the United States Rescuers.  

(Iwate, Japan / 15 March 2011 / via

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The Top page of the Independent on Sunday, March 13, 2011.

The Top page of the Independent on Sunday, March 13, 2011.

Towns vanish, thousands die – but a nation begins its fightback

The cataclysm was so powerful it shifted the Earth off its axis. Then the waters hit. David Randall reports on a land in crisis

Sunday, 13 March 2011 (via )

Scenes of destruction in aftermath of the Japan earthquake (via Los Angeles Times)

Sendai Airport after tsunami. © 2011 Google, GeoEye

Brand new Google Earth imagery of post-earthquake Japan

 >Before and after the earthquake and tsunami. Above is Yuriage in Natori, below is Yagawahama. Both are in in Miyagi prefecture. © 2011 Google, GeoEye, DigitalGlobe, Cnes/Spot Image, TerraMetrics

Scenes of destruction in aftermath of 8.9 earthquake in Japan (via Los Angeles Times)

Scenes of destruction in aftermath of 8.9 earthquake in Japan (via Los Angeles Times)

International relief extended to devastated Japan (Via

Helicopters land on the USS Tortuga in the Sea of Japan on Saturday as the U.S. military prepares to deliver aid

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