For our final research paper I am looking at the issue of temporary housing. In my study I am looking at materials that work for temporary housing and materials that do not work, along with designs that work and do not work. Temporary housing is crucial need in times of destruction and natural disasters. In many instances when disasters strike people are left with housing that is less than desirable. My goal through my research paper is to discover the best forms of temporary housing.
One example of temporary housing that works really well in my mind is Shigeru Ban’s paper houses. Ban uses paper tubing that is sealed with a polyurethane in order to water proof the structure. Ban incorporates many local materials, such a plastic beer boxes from local beer companies to use as the foundation. Ban’s approach to temporary housing is to create a home like environment for a temporary period of time. I personally think his approach is a great idea. In his paper housing he teaches the people of the community to build these houses, which results in these building being able to build these structures in a relatively quick amount of time.
Michel Oquinejure. 2000. Shigeru Ban: Architecture for Emergencies. Icarus Films.