Hitoshi Abe

University of California, Los Angeles

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Professor and Chair of the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles and director of UCLA's Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies; principal at Atelier Hitoshi Abe, based in Sendai, Japan

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A year ago yesterday, Japan experienced multiple disasters: an earthquake, tsunami and the  meltdowns  of three nuclear reactors at the Fukishima-Daichi plant in the Northeastern part…

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A year ago yesterday, Japan experienced multiple disasters: an earthquake, tsunami and the meltdowns of three nuclear reactors at the Fukishima-Daichi plant in the Northeastern part…

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One year ago yesterday, Japan experienced a massive earthquake, devastating tsunami and the  meltdown  of the nuclear facility at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor.  Nearly all of its…

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One year ago yesterday, Japan experienced a massive earthquake, devastating tsunami and the meltdown of the nuclear facility at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor.  Nearly all of its…

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The sponsor for the "Future City" Pecha Kucha was the Japanese bath manufacturer TOTO, who displayed its new  Neorest 550 , a high-tech luxury toilet which includes features like an…

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The sponsor for the "Future City" Pecha Kucha was the Japanese bath manufacturer TOTO, who displayed its new Neorest 550 , a high-tech luxury toilet which includes features like an…

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