Exhibition, Opening Reception

How Did Architects Respond Immediately After 3/11?

An exhibition on the great East Japan Earthquake

Curated by Igarashi Taro and organized by the Japan Foundation, this exhibition, planned to coincide with the first anniversary of The Great East Japan Earthquake, sets out to introduce the world to the diverse range of projects launched by architects throughout the region. Divided into three sections (First Phase: Emergency Responses, Second Phase: Temporary Housing, and Third Phase: Reconstruction Projects) representing the phases of projects that were implemented or planned from the period immediately after the disaster to the present, the exhibition also includes a number of restoration proposals submitted by foreign architects. The displays consist of panels that summarize each project with a written outline, drawings, and photographs in addition to related materials such as videos, models, and furniture and cardboard shelters that were actually used in the evacuation shelters.

For more information about the show, read curator Igarashi Taro’s article in Wochi Kochi magazine.

Featured Speakers

Akira Muto – Japanese Consul General
Akira Muto serves as the Consul General of Japan in Boston. Prior to joining the Consulate, Muto served as Director of the Policy Coordination Division in the Foreign Policy Bureau, where he focused on fulfilling the roles and responsibilities of the Japan-U.S. Alliance, and maintaining friendship and goodwill between Japan and the U.S. as “comprehensive partners” that contribute to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.
Learn more about Akira Muto →

Xavier Costa – Founding Dean, Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design
As founding dean of the College of Arts, Media and Design, Dr. Costa works to build on the college’s strengths in the fields of art, media and design to advance a global, interdisciplinary vision for the college and lead it to achieve that vision. A world-renowned architect, Dr. Costa joined Northeastern in 2010 from Elisava Design School at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, where he had served as the dean since 2002. Dr. Costa has received widespread academic and research recognition, including Fulbright scholarships and awards as part of the European Union’s Culture 2000 and Fifth Framework programs. He is the chief curator of architecture and art programs for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation in Barcelona. He also serves on the advisory committee of Carnegie Mellon University’s Remaking Cities Institute and has served on the academic committee of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Learn more about Xavier Costa →

Opening Reception

Tuesday, May 14, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.


May 8 through June 12
Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.


Wed, May 08, 2013-Wed, Jun 12, 2013


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