Moving Forward: Life after the Great East Japan Earthquake - Global Agenda in Post Fukushima & Reconstruction Efforts of Japanese Architects
"Fukushima Nuclear Accident awakened us." -- Come listen to Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa on March 22 as he gives his thought and experiences while acting as the Chair of the Independent Investigation Commission by the National Diet of Japan. Immediately following is a colloquium about the numerous reconstruction efforts of Japanese architects during the past two years.
Royce Hall 306 on March 22, 2013
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Global Agenda in Post Fukushima
3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Coffee Break
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Moving Forward: Life after the Great East Japan Earthquake
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Reception (food and drinks will be served)
In 2011, the UCLA Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies presented an exhibition documenting the lives and stories of those affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami. This year marks the second anniversary of this catastrophic disaster and UCLA is proud to host a two-part colloquim presented by Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, chair of the Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission by the National Diet of Japan, and Professor Hitoshi Abe, Terasaki Center director, Chair of the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Department, and world-renowned architect.
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Global Agenda in Post Fukushima by Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa
Academic Fellow of National Graduate Research Institute for Policy Science & Professor Emeritus of University of Tokyo
The world has undergone major drastic changes in the last two decades driven by several major factors, eg, explosion of human population and connectivity. Such changes seem further accelerated in recent years and it seems that our future becomes more uncertain and unpredictable. Fukushima Nuclear Accident awakened us and led to creation of Independent Investigation Commission by the National Diet of Japan; Commission Report revealed some of the fundamental issues of Japan’s nuclear policy. Meanwhile, multi-stakeholders’ engagement has become critical in various social affairs and in policy making domains within and across national boundaries and has contributed in significant ways to affect the processes of addressing and impacting global agenda, such as climate change, food and water, energy, urbanization, biodiversity, human capital with shifting the balance of economy and power. In my view, the principles of our society may be changing quite fast heading somewhat differently from our conventional norm. Science community can and should contribute to these issues in nurturing future leaders, but in what way?
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Coffee Break
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Reconstruction Efforts of Japanese Architects by Professor Hitoshi Abe
UCLA Terasaki Center Director, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design Chair, Atelier Hitoshi Abe Principal
As a native of Sendai, Japan, Professor Hitoshi Abe has a deep affinity for his hometown and has been greatly affected by the disaster both personally and professionally. Since the early nineties, Professor Abe has won numerous architectural awards and his designs can be seen throughout Japan. Some of his key projects include the Aoba-tei restaurant, the Sasaki Office Factory for Prosthetics, F-town in Sendai, the Miyagi Stadium in Rifu, SSM/Kanno Museum in Shiogama, the 9-tsubo House "Tall" in Kanagawa, and the Reihoku Community Hall in Kumamoto. As the Terasaki Center director, Professor Abe successfully launched a traveling exhibition and accompanying symposium to commemorate the disaster in 2012 and has since participated in numerous discussions and lectures on the topic of reconstruction. Furthermore, in 2011 he founded and established Archi-Aid together with other Japanese architects. This unique network of over 280 architects supports the reconstruction efforts following the Tohoku Earthquake, including the revival of the region and the rebirth of its architectural culture and education. Professor Abe will discuss what is needed for this type of aid to work effectively as well as the progress made over the past two years.
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Reception (food and drink will be served)
Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa:
Graduate of University of Tokyo School of Medicine, trained in internal medicine and nephrology, in US 1969-84; Professor of Med, Dept Med of UCLA Sch Med (79-84), Chair, Univ Tokyo Faculty of Med (89-96), Dean of Tokai Univ School of Med (96-02, President of Science Council of Japan (03-07), Science Advisor to Prime Minister (07-09), Board member of A*STAR (06-00), Bibliotheca Alexandria (04-08), Khalifa University (08- ), Okinawa Institute of Science and Tech (06- ), Global Science and Innovation Advisory Board of the Prime Minister of Malaysia (11-); President of Intl Soc Nephrology (97-99), Inst of Medicine of US Academies (92). Recently, chaired Fukushima Nuclear Accident Independent Investigation Commission by the National Diet of Japan (Dec 11-July 12). AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Award (2012), ‘100 Top Global Thinkers 2012” of Foreign Policy.
Professor Hitoshi Abe:
Since 1992, when Dr. Hitoshi Abe won first prize in the Miyagi Stadium competition, he has maintained an active international design practice based in Sendai, Japan, and Los Angeles, as well as a schedule of lecturing and publishing, which placed him among the leaders in his field. Known for architecture that is spatially complex and structurally innovative, the work of Atelier Hitoshi Abe has been published internationally and received numerous awards in Japan and internationally, including the 2011 Japan Society for Finishing Technology Award for the F-town building, 2009 Contractworld Award for Aoba-tei, 2009 Architectural Institute of Japan Award for the K-Museum, 2009 the Architectural Institute of Japan Education Award, 2008 SIA-Getz Prize for Emergent Architecture in Asia, the 2007 World Architecture Award for M/Kanno Museum, the 2005 Good Design Award for Sasaki Office Factory for Prosthetics, the 2003 Architectural Institute of Japan Award for Reihoku Community Hall, 2003 Business Week and Architectural Record Award for Sekii Ladies Clinic, 2001 Building Contractors Society Award for Miyagi Stadium, and 1999 Yoshioka Award for Yomiuri Media Miyagi Guest House. Principal of his own firm, he worked with Coop Himmelblau in Los Angeles from 1988 -1992 before founding Atelier Hitoshi Abe in 1993 in Sendai, Japan. He recently opened a second office in Los Angeles, to work on a series of projects outside of Japan including invited competitions and an exhibition installation.
Directions to Royce Hall:
Parking Lot 4 - $11 / $4 Handicapped --- From Sunset Blvd., enter north campus at Westwood Plaza and proceed straight to the underground parking structure. Lot 4 accepts cash and credit cards. This is the only lot that will accept credit card payments within the proximity of Royce Hall. http://maps.ucla.edu/campus/
Supported by the Japan Foundation.
Published: Thursday, February 14, 2013
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