Challenges for safe and secure community development in traditional architectures preservation districts – A case study on Tochigi district

Saori Kawazoe, Saikaku Toyokawa, Fumiko Imai, Masaki Urano

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This paper describes the process in which the network for those who are engaged with individual fields has been rebuilt and the local community reorganized by adding a new group of persons to the existing one through sharing the common prospective to designate the Traditional Architecture Preservation District, in another word to inherit the local culture. We have conducted action research in the field of Traditional Architectures Preservation District in Tochigi City. This research points out that the social vulnerability of the community could be addressed by raising the consciousness on “protection of community with the help of all,” and by reorganizing the community, which would lead to comprehensive disaster prevention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)874-886
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Disaster Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Oct 1



  • Action research
  • Cultural inheritage
  • Disaster mitigation
  • Tochigi city
  • Traditional architectures preservation districts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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