shigeru ban on building emergency shelters from paper
 
shigeru ban on building emergency shelters from paper
aug 14, 2013

shigeru ban on building emergency shelters from paper

shigeru ban on building emergency shelters from paper
all images courtesy of shigeru ban architects

 

 

 

 

early on in his career, shigeru ban started exploring the structural possibilities of the cardboard tube as a building component, testing its stability and durability in the development of temporary constructions. he discovered that no only was the material strong, but also easy to waterproof and fireproof, making it an affordable, cost-effective material option. having been involved in a number of monumental projects and integrating cardboard tubes into his architectural schemes, ban realized that his practice and selected medium could be pushed further. rather than just being used to cater towards the privileged class, he wanted to apply his expertise to contribute to greater society as a whole. since the 1980’s the japanese architect has been responding to natural disasters across the globe–from kobe, to turkey, china to haiti–with emergency shelters made from his beloved medium, paper. his latest paper construction is the ‘cardboard cathedral‘ which he built for the people of christchurch, new zealand following the 2011 earthquake which hit the city. shigeru ban recently spoke at TEDxTokyo about the responsibility of the architect in the wake of a natural disaster, and why he started to construct emergency shelters out of paper.

 

 

 

shigeru ban on building emergency shelters from paper
paper partition system conceived to provide privacy to victims of natural disasters, resulting in them having to find refuge in large communal spaces such as gymnasiums (see more about this project on designboom here)

 

 

 


shigeru ban at TEDxTokyo
video courtesy of TEDx

 

 

shigeru ban on building emergency shelters from paper
hualin temporary elementary school built after the earthquake that struck sichuan province in china in may 2008

 

 

shigeru ban on building emergency shelters from paper
earthquake reconstruction assistance in response to the earthquake that hit part-au-prince, haiti in 2010

 

 

shigeru ban on building emergency shelters from paper
paper emergency shelters for UNHCR at byumba refugee camp in rwanda erected after the civil war broke out in 1994

 

 

shigeru ban on building emergency shelters from paper
paper log houses built as temporary dwellings for victims of the 1995 kobe earthquake

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