A Japanese designer to the rescue
One of the Glimmerati I talk about in Glimmer is Shigeru Ban, the world-renowned architect famous for taking inexpensive materials like paper and quickly constructing inexpensive dwellings out of them. Ban's structures have been used in many disaster-stricken locales around the world, giving people privacy and shelter.
So I couldn't help but think "This is a job for Shigeru Ban," when reports of the Japan calamity started emerging. And sure enough, Ban, who has an office in Tokyo, is on the job, creating much needed temporary shelters for the hundreds of thousands of homeless, as reported here on the Inhabitat design site. The modular shelters are paper structures, so they offer privacy but not much warmth. The rest of the world has to provide the blankets.
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