RMIT Landscape Architecture Design Studio_Affective Geometries Presentation in Hashikami

The RMIT Landscape Architecture Design Studio ‘Affective Geometries’ was set out to produce design propositions to be presented to the local reconstruction and machizukuri council in Hashikami. After a few weeks of development and design work in Melbourne, 5 teams of students presented their work at the Hashikami community center gymnasium.


Collaborative translation between Professor Hijikata and myself, the design drawings and models offered new perspectives.

Passage – Reuben Hore-Waterhouse
The Hill – Thomas Flugge

Kesennuma 22 November 2016

Early earthquake warning at 6.02am: my phone screams ‘Jishin desu – Jishin Desu’

While I sit puzzled wondering if this is a test – the earth starts shaking. Considerably, but minor in my experience. I check on the students, a few are panicked and running outside. Mr. Kato – Hotel Boyo President – is reassuring our safety.

Cars start pulling up to the hillside hotel.

Sirens howling, the first Tsunami alarm since 3/2011.

The 7.3M earthquake and aftershocks trigger a stream of messages: “Tsunami relocate to higher ground immediately”. All messages are in Japanese only, non-Japanese speakers (RMIT group) are confused.

NHK TV reports – bilingual information.


Message by my friend telling me about Fukushima – I chose not to tell students. Luckily this is resolved half an hour later.

We leave Kesennuma – Residents remain observing the situation in the bay.

RMIT Landscape Architecture Design Studio_Affective Geometries in Japan

2016 RMIT University Upper Pool Design Research Studio : Affective Geometries in Japan

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