Students Rebuild Haiti: Five Years Later

(Students Rebuild) You may have heard that January 12, 2015, was the five-year anniversary of a devastating earthquake in Haiti that took thousands of lives and brought down countless buildings across the island nation. But the disaster also inspired the launch of Students Rebuild, an initiative believing that young people can make big difference strengthening…

3.11 Two Years Later: The Info-map-ic

(Students Rebuild) In February 2013, I flew to Tohoku, Japan, site of the devastating 3.11 earthquake and tsunami, on behalf of Students Rebuild to track the progress on reconstruction in the region, and the impact of the Paper Cranes for Japan Challenge that funneled support and 100,000 cranes to the region as a symbol of…

Village of Maeami-hama celebrates new community house

(Architecture for Humanity) On February 24, 2013, the residents of the fishing village of Maeami-hama, on a secluded inlet on the Pacific coast of Tohoku, gathered to celebrate the opening of its new community house. The fishermen and their families invited Tokyo-based designers KMDW architects and project coordinators Architecture for Humanity Japan (in Ishinomaki as…

Eight corners for “We Are One” groundbreaking

(Students Rebuild) This week (the morning of Tuesday, July 17, in Japan, or 4PM Monday in San Francisco), the Kitakami “We Are One” Market and Youth Center broke ground. Participating in the ceremony were very honorable owner of the Market, Naomi Sato, the market’s architect Fumihiko Sasaki, two Shinto priests, several local contractors and members…