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 architects and urban planners who are deeply involved with the disaster region. They have started to search for a vision of its future that is informed by necessity, one that moves beyond the conceptual smart/eco cities and utopias alone to propose links between forests, mountain, fishing and farming villages, countryside and cities. By looking at the wood construction system as a whole process stemming from the tree in the forest and the ideas behind the great ancient temples, the city can evolve into a more balanced environment.

Many mechanisms of harmonious living was lost with modernisation. It has not only affected the shape of city, but also people’s attitudes to living and nature. In return, sustainable forestry is losing its purpose along with the culture of wood craft. With modern technology, new attitudes and organisational systems, it is possibly once again to re-integrate this material into a modern mega-city.



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