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July 14, 2011

Help Rebuild Japan...Right Now

Salvaged timber 1 Architecture for Humanity and Inhabitat, two of the world's most progressive forces in sustainable architecture and design, are cooperating with Yahoo to raise $10,000 for the revitalization of post-tsunami Sendai, Japan. Simply make Yahoo your home page and they’ll donate to the cause.

Rebuilding Japan is a gargantuan task, but an equally large opportunity. Architecture for Humanity (AFH), a non-profit network of architects and builders devoted to sustainability and community development, has a decade of expertise tucked in their tool belt, along with innovative, holistic design principles. They’ve already completed some pretty cool projects across the globe, including a rainwater harvesting basketball court in Kenya and an off-grid habitation pod for the trash-catamaran Plastiki.

In Japan, with a technique they are calling “Urban Acupuncture,” AFH is pinpointing lifelines of local economy and helping people get back on their feet. Projects in the pipeline include a sports park, a marketplace constructed with tsunami-salvaged wood (pictured here), a school, the reconstruction of Maeami Village, and the reforestation of a native trees buffer-zone between communities and the ocean.

Check out their progress and then click here to lend a hand. 

--Christa Morris / Image courtesy Architecture for Humanity

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