Reconstructing Kobe: The Geography of Crisis and Opportunity
Six thousand people died and hundreds of thousands lost their homes when the Hanshin Earthquake hit Kobe in 1995. It was the largest disaster in ... Show synopsis Six thousand people died and hundreds of thousands lost their homes when the Hanshin Earthquake hit Kobe in 1995. It was the largest disaster in postwar Japan and, until Hurricane Katrina, the largest postwar natural disaster to strike a developed country. The media focused only on the quake's immediate effects, and the long-term reconstruction efforts remain a story untold. Drawing on extensive fieldwork, David Edgington records the first ten years of reconstruction and recovery and asks whether planners successfully exploited opportunities to make a more sustainable and disaster-proof city. This intricate investigation of one of the largest redevelopment projects in recent memory is essential reading for urban planners and policy-makers, and anyone interested in Japanese urban and planning history.