Designing After Disaster

The world is experiencing more and more catastrophic weather events and natural disasters. Recovery from this is a challenge, the psychological and physiological toll that these events have on a place is significant, and addressing the immediate needs of those affected is the crucial first step to rebuilding.

Architect, Shigeru Ban is well known for his humanitarian architectural projects and innovation in quickly assembled, cost-effective, temporary building solutions. Over the years, Shigeru Ban has been involved in countless projects of this nature, tackling these with as much design discernment as he would a multi-million dollar art gallery.

Typically built with easily acquired materials such as paper, canvas and cardboard, Ban not only pursues excellent design but also simple construction to ensure the community can learn to assemble these structures themselves.

Some of his work in this field includes Paper Log Houses which used thick cardboard tubes as cladding and structural support for the roof, Paper Emergency Shelters, a Paper Concert Hall (L'aquila, Italy) and Cathedral (Christchurch, New Zealand) and temporary housing within shipping containers to name a few.

Architecture’s fundamental role is to provide shelter, even in the darkest of circumstances. Shigeru Ban has time and time again found ways to provide not only shelter but inspiring design outcomes for those who need a glimmer of hope the most.