Japan Still Needs Us

By jesse

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Today is the 32nd anniversary of the Three Mile Island Incident in Pennsylvania, and while nuclear disaster was averted in that case, it brings to mind another nuclear incident that cannot help but be linked to catastrophe.  For now it seems as though the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan has stopped short of our worst fears, but the earthquake and resulting tsunami that created the episode also created unimaginable physical devastation.   Even as reconstruction begins, many are still without basic necessities like food, shelter, and clean drinking water.  Remember that we enjoy beautiful things – and making them beautiful—for a living.  In that spirit, if you haven’t already, please donate to the American or Japanese Red Cross.  If you have, donate again.

If you’re on the run, text “Redcross” to 90999 and a  $10.00 donation will be added your cellphone bill.

To make a more substantial donation (do this) visit the American Red Cross or its Japanese counterpart. If you prefer donating to a charity specializing in the field, please give to Architecture for Humanity.

For an excellent example of the design and architecture community reaching out to Japan, read this interview Japanese architect Shigeru Ban gave to the New York Times and get inspired to use your skills to make a difference.

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