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Brick by Brick, Shigeru Ban Shelter Turns Rubble into Housing

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Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, celebrated for his artful and efficient reuse of plain materials, has developed a prototype shelter for Nepalese refugees that re-purposes bricks from buildings collapsed by the recent earthquake. Ban's new creative reuse concept, a quick-to-assemble set of 3-by-7 foot modular wooden frames filled in with rubble, includes a roof truss made from paper tubes topped with a plastic sheet and references traditional Nepalese windows, according to Designboom. The first structures will be finished in August.

Ban has previously worked at disaster sites around the globe, creating paper tube shelters in Rwanda and Haiti, among other places, and a massive cardboard cathedral in New Zealand. Ban's Voluntary Architects' Network began working in Nepal in May, after the April quake that killed thousands and severely damaged the country's unique architecture.

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