Reconstructing Kobe: The Geography of Crisis and Opportunity (Hardback)David W. Edgington (author)
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The Hanshin Earthquake was the largest disaster to affect postwar Japan and one of the most destructive postwar natural disasters to strike a developed country. Although the media focused on the disaster's immediate effects, the long-term reconstruction efforts have gone largely unexplored. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, David Edgington records the first ten years of reconstruction and recovery and asks whether planners successfully exploited opportunities to make a more sustainable and disaster-proof city. This book is an intricate investigation of one of the largest redevelopment projects in recent memory.
Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 600 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 mm
David Edgington's fine analysis of the Kobe earthquake (officially known as the Hanshin Awaji Great Earthquake) places the event within a wider context of urban planning and disaster planning in Japan and examines the long-term impact of the earthquake. In so doing, it provides the reader with one of the most precise dissections of the Japanese planning system that has yet been written, as well as furnishing a profound insight into the various aspects of urban Japan.-- Paul Waley * Urban Studies, 49:1151-1153 *
Edgington presents a richly descriptive account, based on meticulous data collection, of the urban planning and urban management aspects of Kobe's long-term recovery from the Hanshin earthquake. The painstaking quality of the research is evident throughout the book, which imparts the key lessons of Kobe's experience with disaster recovery. -- Keiichi Sato, University of Tokyo (Translated from the Japanese by Margaret Gibbons) * Social Science Japan Journal, vol 14, no 2, Summer 2011 *
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