I am not sure what exactly I have to say about this entire situation yet. This post is more of a conversation starter about the importance of the quality of our built environment.
The events of March 11th in Japan are one the minds of much of the world at this moment. The visual understanding of the events has been discussed on this blog as well as the instant accessibility of those visuals via modern technology.
Most of what we see and hear about in situations of this nature and magnitude revolve around the loss of life and the destruction of the livelihoods of those that survive. Architecture as built artifact has direct affect and is directly affected by these issues. Architecture is entrusted with our lives at nearly all moments. It is the shelter part of "Food, Water, Shelter." More specifically in the case of Haiti, the idea that structures, that were designed by someone calling themselves an Architect, directly lead to the loss of life is sickening.
These are simply some of my thoughts on this subject as of late.
Below is a terrifying video taken from inside of Toyo Ito's