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Reconstructing Kobe: The Geography of Crisis and Opportunity [Hardcover]

David W. Edgington

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March 15 2010

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.


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This is the first book-length study of the Hanshin Earthquake and the reconstruction response. Disaster preparedness and reconstruction is, sadly, an increasingly important area of study, and Japan has both a long experience [of], and many distinctive approaches to, urban disaster recovery and rebuilding. This excellent study of Japan's largest postwar urban disaster is thorough, timely, and relevant.- Andre Sorensen, Department of Geography and Programme in Planning, University of Toronto This is a well-organized, well-researched, accurate account of the main issues, decisions, and processes of reconstruction following the 1995 earthquake in Kobe ... The book makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the aftermath of the Kobe earthquake, a major event in the history of Japanese planning, as well as the largest urban disaster in a developed economy since the Second World War [until Hurricane Katrina, that is].- Robert Olshansky, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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An absorbing study of how Japanese policy-makers confronted challenges and exploited opportunities to rebuild a city in the aftermath of the world’s first major postwar disaster.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Well researched and writen book. Nov. 22 2011
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Very informative and well researched book on the challanges faced in Japan after the Kobe Earthquake - provides an interesting background to view the current reconstruction work and development in Tohoku

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