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Park for All in Kamaishi (釜石みんなのひろば)

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City of Kamaishi in Iwate prefecture became well-known from the story of "Miracle of Kamaishi". The students of Kamaishi East Junior High School ran out of their school to higher ground after the 2011 earthquake, and led the children of the neighboring Unosumai Elementary School by holding their hands and encouraging young ones to stay together. Most of students survive because of they remembered what they were taught during an earthquake and tsunami drill that they have every year. These two schools are the ones that KYSIN-no-kai and Architecture for Humanity are providing with hope for their future through a baseball field and a community house.

2013 Pritzker Architectural Prize winner, Toyo Ito, and his staff at Toyo Ito Associates & Architects (TIAA) designed the Park for All project. The clubhouse is equipped with a community room, locker rooms and a storage on the first floor, and an open-air bullpen / a spectator area on the second floor.

Thank-you message from Kamaishi Higashi Junior HIgh School baseball team

Thank-you message from Kamaishi Higashi Junior High School Baseball Team, Feb 2014 from Architecture for Humanity on Vimeo.

Location

Kamaishi, Iwate
Japan

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Project Details

NAME: Park for All in Kamaishi (釜石みんなのひろば)
PROJECT LEAD: Architecture for Humanity
LOCATION: Kamaishi, Iwate, Japan
START DATE: February 15, 2013
CURRENT PHASE: Construction complete
COST: $323100 USD (Final)
PROJECT TYPE: Stadium/Sports Facility, Community Center
, Unosumai Elementary School
CONTRACTOR(S): Kumagai Gumi
CLIENT: City of Kamaishi
PROJECT PARTNER: KYSIN-no-kai
FUNDING: Nike
DESIGN FELLOW: Akinobu Yoshikawa
NUMBER OF BENEFICIARIES: 3,000