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Shigeru Ban Creates Temporary Shelter System for Japanese Flooding Victims

Shigeru Ban Creates Temporary Shelter System for Japanese Flooding Victims
Shigeru Ban Creates Temporary Shelter System for Japanese Flooding Victims, Courtesy of Voluntary Architects' Network
Courtesy of Voluntary Architects' Network

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban has mobilized his Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) to aid victims of recent devastating floods in Southern Japan. At least 210 people have been killed by flooding and landslides which occurred last week, with a continuing heatwave further hampering recovery efforts.

Ban, along with members of the VAN and student volunteers, is constructing a partition system in evacuation centers made from paper tubes and cloth curtains. The temporary structures intend to offer privacy for flooding victims, forming a modular unit of 2 meters by 2 meters.

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It is our mission as professional architects to make living environments better. We are just doing our job.
-Shigeru Ban

The systems are being constructed in evacuation centers across the affected area, including 100 units in the market town of Sonogashi, and 300 units in Hiroshima. Assembled in a matter of hours, the process involves drilling holes in the paper tube supports to create an interlocking frame, from which a cloth canvas is hung to create private 4-square-meter volumes.

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Courtesy of Voluntary Architects' Network

The effort by Shigeru Ban Architects and VAN to offer support to victims follows on from similar acts in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake in Japan, where 1800 units were installed in 50 evacuation shelters, and the 2016 Kumamoto earthquake, where 2000 units were provided in 37 evacuation centers.

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Courtesy of Voluntary Architects' Network
Courtesy of Voluntary Architects' Network
Courtesy of Voluntary Architects' Network

Ban has also taken his humanitarian cause further afield, traveling to Mexico following its devastating 2017 earthquake, where he visited affected areas and engaged with officials, architects, and students on potential collaborative relief projects. In the same year, he signed an agreement with UN-Habitat to design up to 20,000 homes for refugees in Kenya. In 2016, he traveled to Ecuador to aid disaster relief following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake which killed 650 people.

News via: Shigeru Ban Architects, Voluntary Architects' Network

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Cite: Niall Patrick Walsh. "Shigeru Ban Creates Temporary Shelter System for Japanese Flooding Victims" 16 Jul 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/898308/shigeru-ban-creates-temporary-shelter-system-for-japanese-flooding-victims/> ISSN 0719-8884
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日本突发特大洪灾,坂茂为受灾者建造临时遮蔽装置

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