Shigeru Ban's Cardboard Cathedral


Humans want to make their mark. When one thinks of esteemed Architects, they think of their most well known works which are likely still in existence even if the architect is long gone. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s cardboard structures and DIY refugee shelters are his most well known works which are decomposable, replaceable, and temporary…

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Known for his work with cardboard and in efficiently building temporary housing for disaster victims, international architect Shigeru Ban responded to the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake by building a cardboard cathedral.

The city’s Gothic Revival Christchurch Cathedral had been damaged beyond repair during the natural disaster. This prompted the local church to commission Ban to provide a transitional structure, which they expect to use for 10 years, which Ban accepted at no cost.

The 700-people structure – the largest cardboard structure build by Ban – will be completed in April of this year.

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Ban isn’t a stranger to building churches. His designs stand at earthquake sites around the world such as in Puli Nantou, Taiwan, where the “Paper Dome” (above) aims to rebuild the community by being a place of gathering and sharing.

As sincere as Ban in his relief efforts, we hope you’re sincerely inspired to DIY for the sake of Art and other good causes.

Information for this article was taken from designboom

written by soundfoodaround on 2013-01-21 #news #cardboard #cathedral #earthquake #disaster #shigeru-ban #new-zealand

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