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Wednesday23 July 2014

Shigeru Ban in Japan earthquake aid

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Pompidou-Metz Centre designer hands out cardboard partitions for shelters

Japanese practice Shigeru Ban Architects is sending out cardboard partitions to Japan’s earthquake victims to help make emergency shelters more habitable.

The practice will send the partitions to gymnasiums in the Tohoku region on the Pacific coast of the country which was worst affected by the earthquake on March 11.

A statement issued by the firm said: “From now on, for people taking shelter in these sites, it is necessary to avoid distress from the lack of privacy and high density.”

Shigeru Ban, which recently completed the Pompidou Centre in Metz with Philip Gumuchdjian, has a history of creating temporary structures at disaster sites in Japan. Following the 2005 earthquake in Fukuoka the practice sent cardboard sheets to offer insulation and privacy.

People wishing to donate to Shigeru Ban’s efforts can use the following details:

Bank:                The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. 
Branch:             Higashi Matsubara Branch
Account Name:   Voluntary Architects Network
Account No.:       3636723 (Futsuu)
Swift Code:         BOTKJPJT
Bank Address:     5-2-18 Matsubara, Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan 

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