Architecture & Reconstruction


Since time immemorial Japan has been hit by natural disasters. The heavy burden of earthquakes, typhoons, and tsunamis is now compounded by manmade risks such as nuclear accidents, the destruction of cultural landscapes, and the consequences of climate change. Overcoming disasters not only requires rebuilding the material environment but also the reinvention of everyday life. This conference asks about the role of architects, sociologists, and urban planners and that of artists, writers and philosophers in reconstructing devastated areas.

Admission free.


Architectural Behaviorology. Creating Better Accessibility to the Local Resources

Momoyo Kaijima, Atelier Bow-Wow, Tokyo / Associate Prof. of Art and Design Faculty, University of Tsukuba / Prof. of Architectural Behaviorology, ETHZ


Empathy and Engagement: Social Resilience in Everyday Live After the Disaster

Dr. Izumi Kuroishi, Prof. of the School of Cultural and Creative Studies, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo


Personal Landscape

Naoya Hatakeyama, Photographer, Tokyo / Prof. of New Media Department, Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts


Conclusion / Discussion: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Reconstruction

Dr. Murielle Hladik and Prof. Axel Sowa, RWTH-Aachen University


A Co-Organisation of Neues Museum with RWTH-Aachen University.