Shigeru Ban Designs Modular Shelters For Nepal Earthquake Victims

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Shigeru Ban has unveiled his patterns for modular housing structures to accommodate those made homeless by the two devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal earlier this yr.

Nepal project by Shigeru Ban

The Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect – who has previously worked on disaster relief tasks in New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Japan – has created a prototype structure for the victims of the April and May 2015 Nepal earthquakes.

Believed to be the worst normal disaster to hit the nation for above 80 years, the two quakes induced the deaths of over 9,000 men and women and injured much more than 25,000.

Nepal project by Shigeru Ban

Ban’s layout, known as the Nepal Venture, aims to supply new houses for some of the hundreds of 1000’s of folks whose properties have been destroyed, employing rubble sourced from the massive piles of earthquake debris.


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Wooden frames measuring 210 by 90 centimetres would give the structure, although the roof would be constructed utilizing a truss method of cardboard tubes – a material that Ban has utilized extensively all through his profession.

Rubble could then be employed to infill the walls, even though plastic sheeting would cover the roof.

Nepal project by Shigeru Ban

“This simple construction technique allows anyone to assemble the wooden frames really rapidly and if a roof is secured on best, and the wooden construction covered with a plastic sheet, people can instantly begin to inhabit the shelters,” explained Shigeru Ban Architects.

“Afterwards, folks can stack the rubble bricks within the wooden frames and slowly total the construction themselves.”

Nepal project by Shigeru Ban

The studio aims to complete the first prototype later this month. It is also functioning with Ban’s catastrophe relief charity Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) to supply tents to impacted places for use as shelters and health care stations.


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“There are some projects which we had accomplished and we will technique with our experiences for the recovery of Nepal,” said the studio.

Nepal project by Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban was awarded the Pritzker Prize in 2014, in portion due to his pioneering use of cardboard in catastrophe relief around the planet. Other projects by the architect consist of the Centre Pompidou Metz in France and the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado.

Renders are by Calzada Visualization.

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