Inhabitat Talks to Lisa Katayama About ‘We Are All Radioactive': a Crowdfunded Video Series About Surfers Rebuilding Japan

by , 08/31/13

INHABITAT: Episode 3 will be about a team hired by Architecture for Humanity to build a beer garden in a Japanese town. Without giving too much of the story away (people will have to wait to check it out themselves), could you tell us a little bit about the design of the beer garden and any recycled or reclaimed materials were used?

Lisa: When we went, the carpenters were salvaging shingles from the roof of a house that had been destroyed by the tsunami. It was kind of an anomaly because all of the houses on the ocean side of the street were fine in this one section of town – just this one house was hit badly. It was like the wave jumped over all the other houses and just landed here. It was a classic tiled Japanese roof and the residents had intel that it was going to be torn down and taken to the dumpsters within a week. They were reclaiming the roof tiles to use on the roof of the beer garden.

The AfH team also used 100 year old wood beams, timber, and tiles also salvaged from the rubble to make the outdoor deck.

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