Self-introduction Murao

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Regional and Urban Reconstruction Research Division
International Strategy for Disaster Mitigation
Osamu Murao (Professor)
 
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Research summary

 

Prof. Murao’s constructed building vulnerability functions based on actual damage due to the 1995 Great Kobe Earthquake, and proposed a regional building collapse risk assessment method.  This kind of urban vulnerability evaluation is one of his research fields.

 
His current research focuses on post-disaster recovery process.  His research field covers a wide range in the world.  He has investigated urban recovery process of affected areas in Taiwan after the 1999 Chi-Chi Earthquake, in Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, in Peru after the 2007 Peru Earthquake, and in Tohoku Area after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.  Through those experiences, Prof. Murao developed building recovery curves for the affected areas as a measure of recovery process evaluation (Fig.1).
 
Another remarkable field is research on architectural/urban design related to disaster management.  Prof. Murao is collecting disaster-related spatial vocabulary of architecture and urban design in the world to establish a system of disaster management spatial planning (Fig.2).
 
Fig.1: Regional Building Recovery Curves in Sri Lanka after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami

 

Fig. 2: Architectural/Urban Vocabulary on Disaster Life Cycle