WE asked ourselves
WHAT WE CAN DO AND WHAT SHOULD BE DONE
In 2011 the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami swept away thousands of homes and lives in a matter of minutes, leaving deep scars on the hearts of those affected. In the aftermath, the impacted area faced shortages of skilled builders as well as construction materials and heavy equipment, impeding the path to reconstruction.
In response, Hiroto Kobayashi, professor of architecture at Keio University, and his students searched for ways to contribute to the recovery. Together they developed a new construction system that ordinary citizens could build quickly, inexpensively, and easily with locally available materials.
This is how the Veneer House Project started.