Kitakyushu


Raze, Rebuild, Repeat: Why Japan Knocks Down its Houses After 30 Years

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November 16, 2017
Unlike in other countries, Japanese homes become valueless over time – but as the population shrinks, can its cities finally learn to slow down and refurb?

In the suburban neighbourhood of Midorigaoka, about an hour by train outside Kobe, Japan, all the houses were built by the same company in the same factory. Steel frames fitted out with panel walls and ceilings, these homes were clustered by the hundreds into what was once a brand new commuter town. But they weren’t built to last.

Photos: Raze, Rebuild, Repeat: Why Japan Knocks Down its Houses After 30 Years

Publication:
Date: 
November 16, 2017
Unlike in other countries, Japanese homes become valueless over time – but as the population shrinks, can its cities finally learn to slow down and refurb?

Mitsuhiro Tokuda in the backyard of a traditional home in Kitakyushu – now converted into a cafe
Mitsuhiro Tokuda, a professor of architecture at the Kyushu Institute of Technology, in the backyard of a traditional home in Kitakyushu – now converted into a cafe.

Models displaying the floorplans of a pre- and post-renovation home built by the housing manufacturer Sekisui House, at their showroom facilities north of Tokyo, Japan.