shigeru ban: emergency paper partition system
 
shigeru ban: emergency paper partition system shigeru ban: emergency paper partition system
dec 15, 2011

shigeru ban: emergency paper partition system

shigeru ban: emergency paper partition system image courtesy of shigeru ban architects photographed in the DFA award exhibition by designboom

 

 

 

on december 1st and 2nd, 2011, the design for asia (DFA) award was presented at the business of design week (BODW), both organized by the hong kong design center. for their emergency shelter paper partition system, japanese architect shigeru ban together with the voluntary architects’ network were honored with the gold DFA award in the category of environmental design.

the post tsunami shelter in before the partitions were put in place image courtesy of shigeru ban architects photographed in the DFA award exhibition by designboom

 

 

 

 

the BODW in hong kong is asia’s leading annual event on design, innovation and brands. designboom attended as international media partner of BODW and has been a jury member of the DFA – design for asia awards. shigeru ban lectured also at the BODW on december 3rd, 2011.

made for easy transportation image courtesy of shigeru ban architects photographed in the DFA award exhibition by designboom

 

 

 

 

after the earthquake in japan, many families found themselves living on the floor of shelters and gymnasiums, sharing one space with strangers in the same situation. although this was tolerable for a few days, their lack of privacy started becoming an issue after weeks of living in this way.

laying out all materials needed for the partitions  image courtesy of shigeru ban architects photographed in the DFA award exhibition by designboom

 

 

 

 

made of two sizes of cardboard tubing, plywood, ropes and white curtains, the modular system allows for fast and easy assembly and disassembly. the structure can be made different dimensions for different sized families depending on where the cloth is hung. 1,800 individual units of PPS paper partition system were assembled in 50 provisional shelters for evacuees affected by the disaster. it is a cost effective solution to harness materials that are easily available and recyclable.

the lightweight beams require no specific skills and can therefore be put together by people in the shelters  image courtesy of shigeru ban architects photographed in the DFA award exhibition by designboom

 

 

 

 

designboom first wrote an article on the PPS paper partitions back when they were first being distributed, immediately following the earthquake.

an example of a completed portion of the partition image courtesy of shigeru ban architects photographed in the DFA award exhibition by designboom

 

shelter in use during japan earthquake image courtesy of shigeru ban architects photographed in the DFA award exhibition by designboom

 

overhead view of assembly  image courtesy of shigeru ban architects photographed in the DFA award exhibition by designboom

 

example of shelter accommodation image courtesy of shigeru ban architectsphotographed in the DFA award exhibition by designboom

 

joint detail image courtesy of shigeru ban architects photographed in the DFA award exhibition by designboom

 

shigeru ban giving a speech at the BODW  image © designboom

 


video © designboom

 

 

 

is asia’s leading annual event on design, innovation and branding is organized by the hong kong design centre (HKDC) since 2002. bringing the best of the global design world to hong kong, the week-long event encourages businesses to unleash the power of design by focusing on the vital relationship and complex interplay between design and business.

 

DFA awards
a record-breaking number of applications has been received this year. in what is widely acknowledged as one of the most important programs to reward outstanding designs in asia pacific, the hong kong design center invited a spectrum of international winners and guests from creative industries, business and media to the award presentation ceremonies on december 1st and 2nd, 2011, to recognize the power of excellent designs and innovative minds in the region. among the 156 design for asia (DFA) awards honoring outstanding design professionals from around the world, the HKDC also bestowed 10 seminal grand awards for significant impacts and contributions to the world’s sustainability in asia, showing capabilities beyond design form and aesthetics.
  • Great, great, great !

    Andrée Lauzon says:
  • be proud of good architecture.

    seti-off says:
  • This is what good design should be about man ,

    nwz says:
  • Functionality, simplicity, easy to build, easy to replace, low impact on environement.
    This guy understand what is design

    King of punk says:
  • when I was in architecture school many years (1982) ago as a first year architecture student, we had a similar exercise of providing temperary structure and I proposed paper tubes just like SB, and my professor was extremely dismissive and raised all sort of reason why it is not safe, not practical…..
    Goes to show you, those who can’t do, teach….

    Sugarbomb says:
  • Beautifully simple construction. I can’t tell how the structure is formed at the bottom to prevent the light weight tubes from tipping over. This is essential or the whole thing could domino. How is the cube of tubes held down at floorlevel?

    patfln2006 says:
  • Looks nice until someone starts the fire.

    Jim says:

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