Multidisciplinary project in Japan: Post-Tsunami Reconstruction

Last updated: 26 June 2017 at 00:54

  • Objective: To assess what lessons the Dutch can learn from reconstruction of Japan’s Tohoku coast after the 2011 tsunami
  • Introduction: The 2011 Japan tsunami destroyed cities along over 200 km of coastline and killed nearly 20,000 people. The region is currently in the midst of a 250 billion Euro reconstruction project, featuring massive earthmoving projects, relocation and reconfiguration of entire towns, and construction of roads, railways, power, sewer, water, and drainage infrastructure. With constant threats from earthquakes, tsunamis, storm surges, river floods, and landslides, the reconstruction features as a “living laboratory” of lessons in resilience.
  • Who: 1 student from each of the following departments: Hydraulic Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Transportation Planning, Water Management, plus 2 Honors students from Urbanism (Architecture). For students of Civil Engineering, this project comprises course CIE4061-09 for 10 ECTS.
  • When: Sep 2017 – March 2018. Work will be part-time (during courses or thesis work) in addition to a full-time 2-week trip to Japan in November 2017.
  • Deliverables: This group will be expected to produce a paper of quality suitable for an international conference or journal, focused on lessons which the west (especially Holland) can learn from the reconstruction of Tohoku. Examples of design methods from each discipline should be applied to a location in Holland chosen by the students, to enhance resilience against hazards faced here.
  • How: We have received funding from TU Delft’s Delta Infrastructure and Mobility Initiative to fund the trip to Japan. If interested, please contact the following faculty
    • Urbanism: Fransje Hooimeijer
    • Hydraulic Engineering: Jeremy Bricker, Bas Hofland
    • Transportation Planning: Adam Pel
    • Geotechnical Engineering: Amin Askarinejad
    • Water Management: Frans van de Ven