These Modular Shelters are Made from Brick Rubble

By: Katherine Pendrill - Aug 12, 2015
References: architectmagazine & magazine.good.is
Architect Shigeru Ban helped to design a modular shelter that is made from leftover earthquake rubble. When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal earlier this year, the country faced a massive shortage of emergency housing. Ban came up with a solution to the problem by drawing up designs for a shelter that makes use of the rubble left behind by the earthquake.

Ban's modular shelter features a basic wooden framework that is designed to be filled in with brick rubble from buildings that were destroyed by the natural disaster. The shelters are fairly small, but they are designed for easy assembly. In the wake of an earthquake, city residents can stack leftover bricks inside the wooden frames and then cover the shelter with roof trusses made from paper tubes and plastic sheets. The shelters even mirror traditional Nepalese architecture, ensuring that the residents are as comfortable as possible in the temporary homes.