Japan: “Home for All”
On March 11th, 2011, the North-Eastern coast of Japan was struck by a terrible earthquake, followed a few minutes later by a tsunami that laid waste to cities and villages in the whole region. Many buildings were destroyed and many people died in the event. In the aftermaths of the catastrophe, and before the reconstruction of the cities could be properly planned, priority had to be given to providing temporary lodgings for those who had lost their houses. However people soon felt the need for a warm and welcoming place where they could find some comfort and discuss their plans for the future. In an effort to alleviate the victims’ sufferings, architect Toyo Ito set out to build the first Home for All (Minna no Ie). He formed a non profit architect group called Kishin no Kai, including Yamamoto Riken, Naito Hiroshi, Kuma Kengo and Sejima Kazuyo, and several Home for All have been now built in Tohoku Japan,
Another such Home for All is to be built in Rikuzentakata, for which Ito Toyo required the assistance of several young architects such as Inui Kumiko, Fujimoto Sou and Hirata Akihisa. Fashion Girls for Japan has allocated $100,000 to fund this project. Additionally, this house was showcased at the 13th Architecture Biennale in the Japan Pavilion which was awarded with the Golden Lion Prize. The house opens on November 16, 2012, merely 7 months after the fundraiser. Our goal is to directly fund a select project that is going to be executed by professionals working on the ground close to disasters.