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Brief Published: 5 Apr 2011

Paper Partitions for Japan


As Japan waits to rebuild the towns erased by last month’s earthquake and tsunami, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban – who has a history of providing emergency, low-cost shelters and privacy partitions – is offering paper partitions for use in evacuation shelters.

Evacuees are currently sheltering in facilities such as gymnasiums. Ban’s easy-to-assemble paper partition system – which consists of paper tubes and canvas curtains – provides families with privacy while they wait for temporary housing.

This disaster relief initiative is financed by worldwide donations.