Building reconstruction after large-scale disasters: A case study of Ishinomaki City after the great east Japan earthquake

Michio Ubaura, Junpei Nieda, Masashi Miyakawa

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Abstract

In large-scale disasters and the subsequent recovery process, land usage and urban spatial forms change. It is therefore important to use this process as an opportunity to create a more sustainable spatial structure. This study considers the urban spatial transformations that took place after the Great East Japan Earthquake, their causes, and accompanying issues by investigating building construction in the recovery process. The authors discovered that individual rebuilding is primarily concentrated in vacant lots within the city’s existing urbanized areas. This is likely due to the spatial impact of the urban planning and agricultural land use planning system, the area division of urbanization promotion areas, and the urbanization restricted areas, all of which were in place prior to the disaster and which have guided development. On the other hand, there are areas severely damaged by tsunami in which there has been little reconstruction of housing that was completely destroyed. The authors concluded that building reconstruction in Ishinomaki City resulted in both the formation of a high-density compact city and also very low-density urban areas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)780-788
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Disaster Research
Volume11
Issue numberSpecial Issue
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sep

Keywords

  • Building reconstruction
  • Great east Japan earthquake
  • Ishinomaki city
  • Land use change
  • Urban formation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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