Why Japan is Crazy About Housing

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Japan Designs

An unconventional home requires an unconventional client, one who’s willing to take-on, or can afford to ignore, one or more types of risk: privacy, comfort, efficiency, aesthetics, etc. But Japan’s experimental commissions aren’t necessarily luxury villas for a wealthy cultural elite. Many are small middle-class homes, not a typology where we expect to find bold avant garde design. So, what is it about Japan that encourages such everyday risk taking?

via ArchDaily.

Japan’s Strict Building Codes Saved Lives

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Had any other populous country suffered the 8.9 magnitude earthquake that shook Japan on Friday, tens of thousands of people might already be counted among the dead. So far, Japan’s death toll is in the hundreds, although it is certain to rise somewhat.

Over the years, Japan has spent billions of dollars developing the most advanced technology against earthquakes and tsunamis.

Thank science and engineering before anything else. Here's hoping that the loss of life in Japan in this horrific disaster is kept at a minimum.

[Link to Japan’s Strict Building Codes Saved Lives]

Not only does government regulation matter in building codes, but it helps having a collective nurturing and resilient attitude as a nation too.