the postcrisis reconstruction agency positions itself in the time-lag of political reactivation following urban trauma. it works to counter the market-driven urbanism which proliferates in this state of exception by re-coding economic conditions. the agency offers communities affected by catastrophe a greater stake in the rebuilding process in exchange for a vault. the vault contains the form-work, tools and expertise to aid long-term regeneration by diverting commodities into services.

this project sets the agency in motion at kotobuchicho, higashimatsushima, a neighbourhood which suffered immensely from the japanese tsunami in
2011. the agent’s offer has been accepted and a vault has arrived. the site is becoming a laboratory for an alternate construction ecology.

the postcrisis reconstruction agency occupies the dual spatio-political terrain of architecture and economics to suggest an alternate mode of reconstruction in the aftermath of urban trauma.


catastrophe possesses an ability to facilitate new ways of making and living in cities. it may also fragment and depress communities, diminishing the agency of citizens to enact upon their built surroundings. the postcrisis reconstruction agency highjacks a dominant market mechanism from sculpting the cityscape unabated by mutating economic conditions.


programmed by onsite research in higashimatsushima, japan and a comprehensive process of business modelling, the agency bridges the functions of both savings bank and developer to solidify a neighbourhood construction loop.