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The empty house problem

The empty house problem

As of 2020, there are predicted to be 10 million empty homes across the archipelago according to the Japanese economist and real estate consultant Tomohiro Makino. Akiya, the Japanese word for empty house is the focus of this analysis in his book “Akiya Mondai”.[1]  Although […]

The Harmony of Wood

The Harmony of Wood

On the 11th of March 2011, with largest ever recorded earthquake in Japan struck the East coast. Only since the end of the Pacific war in 1945 has there been such a re-orientation in attitudes to the urban structure. A realisation has arisen among young […]