Achal Narayanan, Aug 28, 2015, DHNS:

Noted Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has unveiled his designs for modular housing structures to accommodate those rendered homeless by the two devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal earlier this year.

Shigeru Ban has developed prototype structure for the victims of the April and May 2015 Nepal earthquakes. Known as the ‘Nepal Project’, the design aims to provide new houses for some of the many thousands of people whose homes were destroyed, using rubble sourced from the huge piles of earthquake debris.

Wooden frames measuring 210 by 90 cm would provide the structure, while the roof would be built using a truss system of cardboard tubes – a material that Ban has used extensively throughout his career and was recognised for his pioneering use with the 2014 Pritzker Prize. Rubble could then be used to infill the walls, while plastic sheeting would cover the roof.

The Nepal earthquakes is believed to be the worst natural disaster that has hit the country in over 80 years and is believed to have caused the deaths of over 9,000 people and injured more than 25,000. The studio is also working with Shigeru’s disaster relief charity Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) to deliver tents to affected areas for use as shelters and medical stations.