Tokyo-based Shigeru Ban Architects has devised a method of rebuilding Nepal housing destroyed in the April 25th earthquake. The firm—founded by the 2014 Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban, Hon. FAIA—recently released designs of structures that can be assembled by connecting modular wooden frames (measuring 3 feet by 7 feet) and infilling them with rubble bricks. Once a roof (a truss comprising local paper tubes) is complete, the structure can be covered with a plastic tarp and people can immediately begin to occupy the shelters.
The first prototype will be constructed by the end of August.
In May, Ban announced a disaster relief plan to provide shelter, housing, and community facilities to Nepal's earthquake victims. The recently released designs represent the first stage of the process. In the next few months, the firm will supply temporary housing built with Nepalese materials in collaboration with local universities, students, and architects. The final phase involves the construction of permanent housing for those who need assistance in rebuilding their homes, which require case-specific designs for the area.