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Sustainability 2015, 7(6), 6593-6609; doi:10.3390/su7066593

Design Charrette as Methodology for Post-Disaster Participatory Reconstruction: Observations from a Case Study in Fukushima, Japan

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School of Urban Culture, South China Normal University, Nanhai, Foshan 528225, China
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College of Public Administration, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
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Academic Editor: Marc A. Rosen
Received: 1 April 2015 / Revised: 12 May 2015 / Accepted: 14 May 2015 / Published: 26 May 2015
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Education and Approaches)
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Abstract

Although there has been a growing body of literature on post-disaster participatory reconstruction, a shared understanding on a participatory approach is insufficient. A design charrette is a participatory planning that is particularly suitable for situations in which multidisciplinary professionals and non-professional stakeholders collaborate to accomplish target tasks in a short period of time. The purpose of this paper is to explore the role of design charrette as a methodology in the context of post-disaster reconstruction in Japan. This will be achieved through a participatory observation on a design charrette in Minamisoma City, Japan, after the Fukushima accident. The charrette includes the participation of multiple stakeholders in intercultural, intergenerational and interdisciplinary exchanges. The contributions and constraints of the charrette are analyzed on the basis of the authors’ observation, and a strategy to improve post-disaster reconstruction charrette is thereby proposed. This study shows that the charrette is a useful method for communication and collaboration in the post-disaster context. Furthermore, it also demonstrates that assuring the participation of all key stakeholders, improving the training of participants and introducing resource analysis during the charrette’s preparatory stage are the essential conditions for the legitimacy and policy compliance of the final result. View Full-Text
Keywords: participation reconstruction; design charrette; post-disaster; Fukushima accident participation reconstruction; design charrette; post-disaster; Fukushima accident
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Zhang, H.; Mao, Z.; Zhang, W. Design Charrette as Methodology for Post-Disaster Participatory Reconstruction: Observations from a Case Study in Fukushima, Japan. Sustainability 2015, 7, 6593-6609.

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