Semester of Graduation

Spring 2018

Degree

Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)

Department

Landscape Architecture

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

Abstract

The world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on the city of Hiroshima on 6th August 1945, and after such a rare historical moment the place was enormously burnt and ruined. After 70 years of continuous reconstruction, it is a city full of green colors.

The target site of this thesis is located in central Hiroshima. It was previously a baseball field, and it was the symbol of rehabilitation for residents in Hiroshima city. In 1950, the local government decided to establish a Hiroshima-based baseball team as a part of the reconstruction process from the devastation of the atomic bomb. The government owned no shareholding in local enterprises and thus the building process of the stadium encountered tremendous financial difficulties, especially because the priority at that time was to rebuild the basics. Nevertheless, the formation of a local baseball team was still carried on as a step for reconstruction. The Hiroshima Municipal Stadium, mainly funded by the donation from citizens, was opened in 1957. For these reasons, the Hiroshima Municipal Stadium is the geographical center of the city. It is also the center of its city development and memorial historical origin for many Hiroshima citizens.

The stadium was demolished due to physical deterioration and since then there has been a rejuvenating plan conducted by the city. There is also another plan for a new soccer stadium. However, those plans do not seem to match the goal set by Hiroshima city, which is “to become a worldwide pride for citizens.” The project site is adjacent to the existing Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and the park is a sacred place. Then, what should the site be? This thesis will discuss what is to be designed for the site and will propose a master plan and programs for its future development.

Date

4-3-2018

Committee Chair

Sharky, Bruce

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