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Japanese architects to speak about earthquake reconstruction

2012/08/13 19:12:28

Taipei, Aug. 13 (CNA) Three Japanese architects will speak in Taipei early next month about reconstruction projects in areas of northeastern Japan that were devastated by an earthquake last March, the Japan Interchange Association said Monday.

On Sept. 7, Toyo Ito will share his idea of constructing "everybody's building," an architectural concept that gives priority to energy-saving designs and aims to create a harmonious relationship between nature and society, said the association, which represents Japan's interests in Taiwan in the absence of formal diplomatic ties.

In addition, Yasuaki Onoda will speak about launching reconstruction projects with an eye on the future, while Kazuhito Kojima will speak about Archi Aid, a network of architects who are involved in reconstruction projects following the earthquake, the association said.

An earthquake and tsunami struck northeastern Japan last year on March 11, leaving nearly 20,000 people dead or missing and causing immeasurable property losses and a radiation fallout crisis.

(By Emmanuelle Tzeng and Scully Hsiao)