In the beginning of March representatives of the Japanese coast region Shizugawa visited the ÖIR to discuss Austrian experiences with decentralized urbanization. The region of Shizugawa was hit by the Tsunami-Catastrophe one year ago and is to be rebuilt decentralized on elevated areas. Environmentalfriendly, sustainable, decentralized, easy to maintain and cost efficient as well as demographically sensible are the characteristics targeted by the future city development.

In the beginning of March representatives of the Japanese coast region Shizugawa visited the ÖIR to discuss Austrian experiences with decentralized urbanization. The region of Shizugawa was hit by the Tsunami-Catastrophe one year ago and is to be rebuilt decentralized on elevated areas. Environmentalfriendly, sustainable, decentralized, easy to maintain and cost efficient as well as demographically sensible are the characteristics targeted by the future city development. The OIR (represented by Bernd Schuh, Stephanie Novak and Sebastian Beiglböck) contributed with experiences from spatial planning in cases of natural disasters, energy efficient spatial planning and marginal costing for optimizing infrastructure of communities. Further exchange of ideas was agreed on, in order to further contribute to the re-development of the area.

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