Josephine E. Gillard_FORUM
Nowadays, architecture generally involves creating monuments to permanence from substantial materials like steel and concrete. Yet this year's Pritzker prize went to a man who is best known for making temporary housing out of materials such as paper tubes and cardboard.
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is largely for his work designing shelters after natural disasters in places like Rwanda, Turkey, India, China, Haiti and Japan.
Hence, in honor of Shigeru's award winning, I would like to focus today's post on cardboard houses which can come in handy while your permanent house is being built for emergency housing, or for short-term accommodation.
“His buildings provide shelter, community centers and spiritual places for those who have suffered tremendous loss and destruction,” the jury said in its citation. “When tragedy strikes, he is often there from the beginning.”
His work is clean, neat, functional and beautiful.Hence, in honor of Shigeru's award winning, I would like to focus today's post on cardboard houses which can come in handy while your permanent house is being built for emergency housing, or for short-term accommodation.
This example as shown beneath can be assembled by two people in six hours using appropriate scaffolding.
The house is not only simple to assemble, its portable too. The Cardboard House represents the reduction of technology and the simplification of needs. By demonstrating that we are able to recycle 100% of the building components at extremely low cost, the Cardboard House is a direct challenge to the housing industry to reduce housing and environmental costs.
Food, cloth and shelter are the basic necessities in our daily lives.
This design takes advantage of cardboard’s light weight, low cost and easy recyclability. In fact, 85% of it is made of recycled paper, and 100% of it can be recycled again later.