Architects have played an important role in the recovery of the Tohoku region, many coming together to share ideas and talk about how best to proceed. Advances in quake-resistant construction in recent years significantly reduced the damage caused by the huge earthquake. But it was the tsunami covering a 500-km coastline which devastated so many communities.
The immense task of reconstruction ahead prompted many architects, both in Japan and abroad, to spring into action. Their efforts were required to respond to the various needs of the survivors from the time immediately after the disaster onwards.