Famed Architect Joins Nepal Relief Effort

Shigeru Ban to deploy emergency shelters

May 8, 2015
Outside Magazine

Shigeru Ban first built paper emergency shelters in 1994 for Rwandan refugees.    Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architec

Architect and Pritzker Prize laureate Shigeru Ban announced Thursday his plans to aid Nepal after the April 25 earthquake, Architectural Record reports.

Ban and his relief organization, Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN), will distribute tents and plastic sheets for wall partitions, assembling them onsite as aid stations and temporary shelters. VAN hopes to work with local university students and architects in the next few months to build houses and community facilities based on prototypes the firm has developed.

“There are some projects which we had done and we will approach with our experiences for the recovery of Nepal,” the firm wrote on its website.

Ban began designing emergency structures after the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan. Since then, he has deployed his work in disaster and conflict zones all over the world.

VAN is currently asking for donations.

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