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Architecture for Humanity: Sendai Quake – Supporting Reconstruction

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Architecture for Humanity: Sendai Quake – Supporting Reconstruction

| architecture | March 14, 2011


For those who have experienced the reality of a recent disaster, the following days and weeks are chaotic and filled with stories of heroism and loss. The first responders are not charities but the families of those who are injured or missing.

These immediate days are also not the time for architects or urban planners to show up thinking they can start rebuilding and Architecture for Humanity makes it a policy to only take action with invitation. Within hours of the disaster we were approached by a number of Japanese groups, including our local chapters in Kyoto, Tokyo and Osaka, for our support and services and so are raising funds and laying the groundwork for a partnership in the reconstruction initiative. We are receiving contributions online.

Currently, a coalition of individuals is trying to help update foreign nationals in Japan with the latest information regarding unfolding events. This is also being done via twitter the hashtag #honyaquake.

After primary needs are addressed, Architecture for Humanity will move to support those local Japanese architects and building professionals who want to contribute their own time and expertise in the rebuilding efforts. We will direct resources to help professionals protect and preserve cultural and historic structures and provide services to communities that would otherwise not have access to their expertise.

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After working at various design practices on a full-time and freelance basis, and starting his own design firm, David McFadden saw that there was a gap to be filled in the industry. In 1984, he created an expansive hub for architects and hiring firms to sync up, complete projects, and mutually benefit. That hub was Consulting For Architects Inc., which enabled architects to find meaningful design work, while freeing hiring firms from tedious hiring-firing cycles. This departure from the traditional, more rigid style of employer-employee relations was just what the industry needed - flexibility and adaption to modern work circumstances. David has successfully advised his clients through the trials and tribulations of four recessions – the early 80’s, the early 90’s, the early 2000’s, and the Great Recession of 2007.

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