Renowned architect Shigeru Ban is now working on his latest disaster relief project. Working through his humanitarian organization, Volunteer Architects Network (VAN), Ban is focusing his attention on a scheme to build temporary relief shelters out of salvaged brick from earthquakes. According to GOOD magazine:
“When April’s 7.8 magnitude Nepal earthquake shook the traditionally peaceful region, Ban went to work outlining a series of blueprints for modular shelters made of wooden frameworks filled in with brick rubble. In Nepal he is going small, creating 3×7 square foot shelters that are low cost and easy to assemble.”
Ban is working to be very mindful of traditional Nepalese architecture within his designs. The “transitional houses” are only one step for VAN’s three step plan, with the final stage being permanent housing. The first transitional houses are slated for construction in late August.
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