Emergency Shelters Made From Paper

Shigeru Ban's shelters in Rwanda

After working for wealthy costumers year after year Japanese architect Shigeru Ban started to question his contribution to society and decided to give his career another direction with a very different clientele. He decided to create and build emergency shelters that help people in need in disaster struck areas with nothing so simple but paper. Being on this noble course since the 1990s he has not lost sight of it ever since.

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BANGA Project Restores Pop-Up Architecture Of The Early 70s

BANGA bungalows

Originally designed by Carlo Zappa in 1971, the futuristic portable BANGA bungalows get a second life. Restoration architect Pamela Voigt discovered fourteen abandoned BANGAs in an Italian holiday resort. With cracks in the glass-reinforced plastic GRP shells, the structures are in a very bad condition. Voigt has taken up the plan to save the little Italian sister of the famous Finnish Futuro.

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  • IKEA Launches Flat-Pack Modular Refugee Shelter

    IKEA refugee shelter

    With plenty of experience in manufacturing prefab design, IKEA has launched a modular refugee shelter that can be set up in only four hours at any place in the world. The light-weight construction comprises of a steel frame with insulated light-weight polymer panels and comes flat-packed in a cardboard box, like all IKEA furniture. The panels, pipes, connectors and wires can be assembled pretty easily thanks to a classic IKEA manual.

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  • Can Online Architecture Marketplace CoContest Save The Architect?


    CoContest is a new online marketplace that connects architects and interior designers from all over the world with potential clients by enabling users to organize little design competitions. On the one hand this enables architects to get in touch with new clients, on the other hand it enables every house owner in the world to launch a contest based on their very own wishes and needs. CoContest crowdsources the overwhelming amount of global creativity and brings it to the masses.

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