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Cardboard Churches

The 1864 Cathedral in New Zealand Will Be Rebuilt Out of Cardboard

— September 4, 2011 — Eco
The 1864 Cathedral has stood at the zenith of Christchurch, New Zealand for almost 150 years. But this past February, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake ripped through the small island nation and delivered considerable structural damage to the age-old monastery.

Enter Shigeru Ban, a Japanese architect known for implementing cardboard and paper in load-bearing structures. Ban has been approached by the Christchurch city council to produce plans for a new building intended to temporarily replace the 1864 cathedral. The new house of worship will be made from cardboard, accommodating more than 700 people beneath its 80-foot-tall steeple.

Adding an exponent to the intrigue, Shigeru Ban is including an expiration date for the building: 10 years. You'll hear no complaints, though, as the eco architect is taking on this project pro bono. Let's just hope that another earthquake doesn't hit the city!
Trend Themes
1. Cardboard Architecture - Exploring the use of cardboard and paper in load-bearing structures for sustainable construction.
2. Temporary Building Solutions - Designing temporary structures to replace damaged buildings in the aftermath of natural disasters.
3. Eco Architectural Materials - Developing innovative and eco-friendly building materials for construction projects.
Industry Implications
1. Architecture - Opportunity for architects and construction companies to adopt sustainable and cost-effective cardboard structures in their designs.
2. Disaster Relief - Disruptive opportunity for companies specialized in providing temporary solutions for damaged buildings after natural disasters.
3. Green Building Materials - Market potential for companies involved in the development and production of sustainable building materials made from cardboard and other eco-friendly materials.
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