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Commissioned by Art Journal Open, this web-based, multimedia project explores the disaster & recovery construction on the Sanriku coast of Japan as a kind of landscape garden—a space of culturally constructed nature as well as naturally constructed culture: Seven years after the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami, the coastline and its towns are still in the middle of an expansive recovery effort, including a wholesale refashioning of the coastline in hopes of mitigating future disasters. The various approaches that different towns are taking reflect local geographic conditions, but also divergent visions of resilience and nature-culture relations. The terraforming of the Sanriku coast can serve as a case study for “possibility aesthetics” within the Anthropocene.

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