Call for contributions: After Landscape. Designing in uncertainty – Post Disaster Futures Japan.

Call for contributions for the book project:

After Landscape. Designing in uncertainty – Post Disaster Futures Japan.
2016, Melbourne Books.

In the aftermath of devastating destruction of the 3/11 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami potential new directions to pursue habitation and settlement have become possible for the Tohoku region. In addition, new specifications for designs yet to be invented have been necessitated, as previous infrastructure based approaches of securing settlements have failed disastrously.

Now is an opportunity to recalibrate infrastructures, communities, and imaginations to a new scale–one that affords humans the time, space, and ability to recognize and to move responsively and in relation to the non-human scale of geo-forces in play on this planet. How can we ‘build back better’? What fresh ideas are there for new forms of living? Mutigenerational, inclusive, decentralized, car free environments?

This collection of essays will focus on diverse new approaches to designing with uncertainty in the aftermath of 3/11.

We invite submissions form a broad range of fields to capture trans-disciplinary approaches: landscape architects, designers, social scientists, urban and environmental planners, makers, activists, cultural and community projects.

We are particular interested in responses which discuss the agency of landscape, place, culture and people in approaches to rebuilding.
Responses may be critical, reflective or a documentation of a project(s) the author(s) has been involved with.

Suggested topics may include:
Project documentations of working with communities
Documenting tectonic effects of 3/11
Re-thinking settlement and building strategies
Eco – DRR projects, building back better projects*

Submissions include written essays and visual essays and will be peer reviewed.

Submission process and timeline
Please send your abstract of 300-500 words including a brief bio to:


Completed essays of up to 3000 words will be due on 30th May 2016

Inquiries are welcome.

Marieluise Jonas, RMIT University Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architect and Senior Lecturer at RMIT, working with 3/11 affected communities Shibitachi and Kesennuma since 2011.

Kesennuma Future Proofing Seminar: Program

Living with the Sea – Future Proofing Tohoku

>> English below

「気仙沼国際オープンセミナー 2016 – 海と生きる未来を創る@GENBA(現場)」

【主催】: マリールイーズ・ヨーナス (王立メルボルン工科大学)
オーストラリア政府機関豪日交流基金 助成プロジェクト

・2016年1月29日(金)10:00am(9:30am受付開始)- 5:00pm

・1月30日(土) 9:30am(9:10am受付開始)-4:30pm
午前 セミナー・ディスカッション
午後 現場視察

・併設イベント 2016年1月31日(日)1:30pm-5:0pm

【場所】: 気仙沼市 「海の市」会議室 入場: 無料

【言語】: 日本語 (和英通訳有り)

当日参加も可能ですが、資料印刷等の都合上、事前にお名前、団体名、参加人数、現場視察バス利用希望 の有無 を (担当: 後藤) まで お送り願います。

– 海外発の社会形成キーワード 「持続可能性」「レジリエンス」「ソーシャル・イノベーション」の意味を理解して日本発キーワード「GENBA(現場)」の意義、価値、魅力を確認する

・バーバラ・ハートリー (タスマニア大学アジア研究所)


International Open Seminar
Kesennuma Living with Sea – Future Proofing Tohoku

Convener: Dr Marieluise Jonas (RMIT)
funded by Australia Japan Foundation, Government of Australia
Time: 29 Jan 2016 10:00am-5:00pm
30 Jan 2016 9:30am- 4:30pm
side event 31 Jan 2016 1:30pm-5:00pm

Venue: Kesennuma Umi no Ichi (The Sea Market) Convention Centre (29/30).

Admission: Free
Registration: Email to with name, institution/organisation, number of participants and whether or not you would like to participate in the bus tour on 30 Jan.

Confirmed Speakers (in no particular order)
Dr Marieluise Jonas (RMIT, Australia)
Dr Barbara Hartley (University of Tasmania, Asia Institute)
Dr Masao Hijikata (Waseda University)
Dr Nakamura (University of Tasmania/ Meji University)
Mr Shunsuke Hirose (Tokyo University)
Dr Christian Dimmer (Tokyo University)
Ms Hiroko Otsuka (Sea the Future!)

How does Tohoku create its future? Emphasising intercultural perspectives and global consciousness, researchers from within/outside Japan and participants from around Kesennuma will get together and future-proof ‘sustainability’, ‘resilience & optimism’ and ‘innovation & alternatives’ with examples from Germany, Australia and Tohoku Region where 25 trillion-yen reconstruction efforts of the 2011 Tsunami are entering their 5th year. The program includes open lectures, discussions and local tours followed by informal gatherings for future international networking possibilities.


The symposium is funded by the Australia Japan Foundation // Australia Japan Foundation + led by Dr Marieluise Jonas  // RMIT University Landscape Architecture


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