Kotaro Nakamura, Architect September 15th, 2012 @ 9:30 a.m.

Kotaro Nakamura, Architect September 15th, 2012 @ 9:30 a.m.

Lessons from Japan – Design for Recovery

San Diego architect Kotaro Nakamura will show the results of Japan’s devastating earthquake and tsunami and what has been accomplished in the year and a half since it occurred.  He’ll focus on the process of recovery and issues related to design.  And he’ll explain how what has been learned there can be applied here to increase the resilience of our communities.

Mr. Nakamura has been a principal architect with the firm of Roesling Nakamura Terada and has taught in SDSU’s School of Art, Design and Art History, both for well over a quarter century.  At State, where he is a professor in its Interior Design Program, he emphasizes digital technology as applied to environmentally sensitive design.  He is a LEED AP – a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional – with experience in SDG&E’s Savings by Design program.  He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects and the U.S. Green Building Council.

His firm’s commissions include the East West Design Complex in the Gaslamp Quarter, San Ysidro DMV, Santa Monica Mountains Intern Center, San Pasqual Academy housing, La Costa Canyon High School, and two City College buildings under construction at 16th and C Streets.

Mr. Nakamura graduated from State in 1980 with a master’s degree in Environmental Design.  He also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Kanto Gakuin University in Japan.

Come to the Friends of San Diego Architecture meeting in September to see how Japan’s tsunami is making waves over here.

(John Mann)

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  1. Elizabeth Nolan September 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    JUST FYI: from NYTimes article on 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.

    “The tsunami that last year hit Japan cost 20,000 lives and left 400,000 people homeless, erasing towns and villages on a 400-kilometer, or 240-mile, stretch of coast. Immediately afterward, the leading architect Toyo Ito set about thinking how he and his colleagues could help. Since survivors in most places had nowhere left even to congregate, Mr. Ito recruited three young architects to join him on a pilot project in the devastated town of Rikuzentakata, home of the photographer Naoya Hatakeyama, who had lost his mother in the disaster.

    The building of the “Home-for-All” meeting place, designed in collaboration with local survivors and financed entirely by donations of money and labor, is narrated at the Japanese pavilion at the Giardini. It won a richly deserved Golden Lion for best national participation. The immaculately presented and poignant show includes 25 trunks from the cedar forest irreparably damaged by the salt water of the tsunami. From the wood of these trees — among the branches of which, said Mr. Ito, pieces of clothing had been found 8 to 9 meters, or about 25 to 30 feet, above ground level — came the structural materials for the meeting house.”