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Rapid response: GSD teams Tohoku Recovery competition win

Photo by Melanie Rieders

Photo by Melanie Rieders

A team of GSD students–led by Kristen Hunter (DDes) and advised by Professor Jerold Kayden–traveled to Japan this month to collect an award, meet with officials and tour the Tohoku region devastated by compound disasters in 2011. Their plan for recovery in the region, “Here Today, Here Tomorrow,” won first prize in Toyo University’s Tohoku Recovery invitational academic competition for its comprehensive response to stemming outmigration, restoring social infrastructure and promoting sustainable economic development. After the ceremony, the team stayed on to collaborate with Toyo University faculty and students on adapting their proposal into an actionable plan for Japan's national and prefectural governments.

Read about the trip in the Harvard Gazette.

Read more about the competition win here.