Inhabitat has long admired Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, not only for his commitment to creating beautiful and high-quality disaster relief design, but also for his innovative use of environmentally friendly, natural materials. Ban’s Volunteer Architects Network builds the designs at disaster sites around the world, from Haiti to Japan. His temporarily earthquake-relief housing in Onagawa, Japan, for instance, was built from paper tubes and shipping containers for affordable and quick installation. The low-cost and recyclable structures are well designed to give refugees a sense of dignity in addition to shelter.
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Ban and the Volunteer Architects Network’s three-phase plan will begin with delivery and set up of tents with plastic partitions that will serve as temporary shelter and medical aid stations. After the situation starts to stabilize, Ban will partner with local architects, students, and organizations to build more stable temporary, and eventually permanent, housing using local Nepali materials. You can help Ban and the Volunteer Architects Network’s disaster relief efforts by donating to their cause here.
+ Donate to Shigeru Ban’s Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts
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+ Volunteer Architects Network
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