TIFA 2022 Architecture / Industrial

Coastal Mammoth: The Great Sea Wall of Japan

  • Prize
    Bronze in Architecture/Industrial
  • Photographer
    Ben Huang
  • Agency / Studio
    Pengkuei Ben Huang Photogrpahy
  • Photo Date
    2019 - 2022

In the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami, the Japanese government launched several reconstruction projects to rebuild the region devastated by the disaster. Part of the plan includes reconstructing and reinforcing seawalls along the northeastern coast, with a budget of $12 billion. Upon completion, an average of 14 meters high of concrete barriers would be erected along the 400km coast, essentially altering the landscape.

Pengkuei Ben Huang is a Taiwanese/Canadian photographer based in Toronto, Canada. He earned his BFA in San Francisco in 2004 and was selected as Finalist for the Scotiabank Prize in 2007 at Magnum Workshop in Toronto. He has been living in Toronto since 2009 where he continue to work today.