The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

Introduction to Grant Projects

Tohoku University of Art and Design Department of Architecture and Environmental Design

Public infrastructure and energy systems in regions affected by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake in Tohoku - a model plan for the reconstruction of 100 homes

Activity grant

Project Description

We are working together with local citizens affected by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake to develop a restoration plan centered on natural sources of energy and build a new community. Rather than merely restore communities to their original states, we are working to bring about new visions of society based on new values and ideals. We present model ideas and propose implementation of plans to promote industries and develop new communities to restore the Tohoku landscape.

Climate changeMarine resources/foodPreservation of surface soil and forestsEnergy problemPreservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2011 Activity Grants
Grant term
3 years and 3 months
July 2011 - September 2014
Grant amount
14,757,275 yen
Activity region
Miyagi Prefecture, Yamagata Prefecture
Building a temporary residence in an evacuation shelter in Yamada-cho, Iwate Prefecture

Overview of the Organization

Masayoshi Takeuchi, Professor and Department Chair
Masayoshi Takeuchi, Professor and Department Chair
Establishment purpose
Tohoku University of Art and Design is based in Tohoku, a cultural center of Japan, and is devoted to educating students to tackle and solve issues in society and bring people and nature together through imagination, creativity, and the power of design. Centered on the goal of bringing about a Tohoku Renaissance, the university seeks to instill wisom based on the history and values of the region and pass on a new world view to the next generation.
Main areas of activity
Yamagata, Miyagi, Iwate, Aomori, Fukushima, and Akita Prefectures
212 full-time staff
Annual operating budget
4.7 billion yen in 2008, 4.8 billion yen in 2009, 5.7 billion yen in 2010
WEB site
Main activities
Solving problems through architecture and design while coming in contact with the rich nature and sights of Yamagata Prefecture from the natural environment to the organisms inside it, the people, communities, industries, culture, economy, and more. Fostering young people to develop sustainable practices in architectural design, landscape design, community building, and environmental development.