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Food For Thought: Shigeru Ban Architects

January 24, 2010

How are you doing? I heard you and Richard on kiss fm last weekend but I missed you on wbai. I hope things are starting to get better there in terms of medical care and food and water distribution.

I’ve been following you on twitter and reading your blog. The post about permaculture made me think of a Japanese architect named Shigeru Ban. He has built temporary housing, schools, community centers and religious centers (like churches and mosques) for survivors of earthquakes and other natural disasters and for refugees. He’s constructed these types of buildings in India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Turkey and Rwanda.

The buildings are constructed quickly and inexpensively primarily using recycled paper tubes which can be made fire proof and water proof (and can later be recycled or reused). The buildings are also sometimes reinforced with other materials to provide additional insulation and extra protection from the rain. Maybe he could build some of these temporary buildings for people to live in and use while the areas affected by the earthquake in Haiti are being rebuilt.

Thank You Lenice!

You can read more about Shigeru Ban here:

You can see detailed examples of his disaster relief projects here:

This is his contact information in Japan:
Shigeru Ban
Shigeru Ban Architects
5-2-4 Matsubara, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
Phone: +81-(0)3-3324-6760
Fax: +81-(0)3-3324-6789

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