Ryou TSUCHIDA / Students enrolled in 2017

Department Graduate School of Advanced Integrated Studies in Human Survivability
Specialization Disaster Anthropology (Architecture and DRR)
Lab/Supervisors Hirohide KOBAYASHI Associate Prof. Global Environmental Architecture Lab. Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies

How I can apply what I learn at Shishu-kan

Of course, it is also important to conduct based on scientific evidence in research, but we discuss and coordinate the whole matter overlooking the fundamentally, regardless of the special field and various people’s positions. If we don’t do it consistently, I think that the meaning of research and practice does not make sense. It is not that individual experts are not at the cutting edge of each field or research but rather that the people are required a person who can think, perform, evaluate and retry from a comprehensive perspective, and also has a resilient leadership in Japan and the world. In my past projects and research, I was made aware of throughout my body.

Thinking seriously about both research and practice, I knew the GSAIS and human survivability that will keep pace with each other while coming back and forth between these two, and decided to go to the GSAIS without hesitation. At the GSAIS, not only doing extraordinary expertise but also a very tough and engaging curriculum to cultivate such as human skills and practical skills on-site breakthrough ability from Jyukugi, Overseas Fieldwork and PBR. Although studying for research and practice will be very severe, I am very excited to myself what I design for my future, and I would like to spend exciting days with students and teachers for that. Moreover, I am very thankful for support of an unprecedented residential college on campus, multiple teaching faculty system, and tailor-made curriculum. I would like to rely on them enough to learn widely and deeply.


Research Topic

In recent years, natural disasters occur frequently on a global scale, and each time natural disasters are perceived by human-being as fears and threats to nature that greatly shake the survival of mankind. Accordingly, in 2013, in the Hangzhou Declaration raised by UNESCO1), they stated that “to strengthen disaster resilience and to utilize culture to counter climate change through mitigation and adaptation”, so people are trying to protect and promote it as a key to sustainable development.

The vernacular architecture in the region-specific cultural characteristics in each region has a lot of various types. The indigenous wisdom and skills have been handed down seamlessly has overcome natural disasters for many times and harmonized with the lives of human being. On the other hand, because of its indigenous, native people cannot grasp objectively and evaluate the value of it. And also, it is easily disappeared by foreign values and market economy penetration. I think that the value of that needs to be reevaluated not only for adapting the local natural environment, lifestyle and values, but also its technology and social role in modern times.

Conventionally, research on disaster prevention focused on either the normal time, the time of disaster, or the time of recovery. In the study on the continuous time axis in the disaster to be pursued essentially, but it was not done. In addition, there are few examples of cases and comparative studies on issues and conditions for maintainability and possibility of vernacular architecture.

In this research, I will investigate and compare the actual situation of disaster damage at the time of natural disasters, the damage situation at the time of disasters, the evacuation behavior, the reconstruction plan at the time of disaster. It aims to clarify the issues and conditions for maintainability and possibility of vernacular architecture and to explore the design of climate architecture adapted to each land and how to rebuild the community. In addition, this research is also focused on reconstructing architectures and community proposals in harmony with the environment and the lives of human being.

1)UNESCO(2013):The Hangzhou Declaration-Placing Culture at the Heart of Sustainable Development-:Hangzhou Congress,59pp.