Just recently, from January 27th to February 5th, I visited am architectural exhibition with my colleagues. The exhibition theme is: How did Architects respond immediately after 3/11-the greatest East Japan Earthquake ?
There were some case studies on posters and models displayed in the exhibition area. Some interesting objects which we saw namely: evacuation shelters, housing for all, village recovery planning and common space design.
All designs were results from immediate responds of architects for the tsunami 3/11 affected area, especially from the Japanese architects like Shigeru Ban, Toyo Ito, Young Architects and etc. They observed what people need and put their utmost efforts to help people in need. This is such a great efforts I learned, that in total despair, people should help each other. I amazed of how these architects worked and how they could implement their designs and plans. For me, this is the most important part, where plans are not just a plan, but plans which turned into reality.
As an architect also, I would like to reiterate that we must design and plan considering the people. Architecture is not only about buildings, but it is the people who brings energy to what we as architects create and called as an architecture.