A Study on Sustainability of Earthquake-Damaged Cities by Examining the Case of Kobe City in Japan

Seonghui Park, Kyounghee Kim
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
107, Imun-ro, Dongdaemun-gu,
Seoul, South Korea
The global trend shows that as the population gets concentrated in cities and the urban space gets more expanded, the more damages from natural disasters increase in numbers and their sizes. Therefore, systematic disaster management and comprehensive urban regeneration measures are required to minimize the damages and to promote sustainable development of cities.
But so far, studies on disaster recovery and urban reconstruction focused on physical and scientific methods. The aim of this study is to explore ways to create a safe community and urban foundations from a sociocultural point of view, aimed at sustainable urban regeneration after disasters going beyond simple disaster recovery and urban reconstruction.
This study focuses on the case of Kobe in Japan, which overcame disasters after the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji earthquake and accomplished urban development through the use of differentiated resources in the region and discusses how disaster resilience and sustainable development can be realized in earthquake-damaged cities.

Sustainability, Disaster Risk Reduction, Resilience, Urban Regeneration, Community, Creative Design City, Kobe





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2nd Eurasian Conference on Educational Innovation 2019

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