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The Challenge of Land Use Planning after Urban Earthquakes

The Challenge of Land Use Planning after Urban Earthquakes: Observations from the Great Hanshin Earthquake of 1995, Catherine Bauman.

This report discussesthe City of Kobe‘s recovery from the Great Hanshin earthquake from the perspective of city planning. The earthquake and fire devastated many established parts of the city, resulting in the need for coordinated planning of rebuilding. The report examines a neighborhood where a new plan was developed after the earthquake, and an ongoing mixed-use planning project that evolved as a result of the earthquake. The report also describes how Kobe is dealing with the massive loss of housing, and how owners and public agencies are coping with damage to cultural resources including historic buildings, temples, and shrines. The research was conducted with the late Barclay Jones of Cornell University. December 1998, 42 pp.

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