Workers from the Voluntary Architects’ Network build partitions and beds at a shelter in a judo sport hall in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. They were devised by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for people who cannot afford to rent an apartment and often stay at internet cafes that are now closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: AFPWorkers from the Voluntary Architects’ Network build partitions and beds at a shelter in a judo sport hall in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. They were devised by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for people who cannot afford to rent an apartment and often stay at internet cafes that are now closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: AFP
Workers from the Voluntary Architects’ Network build partitions and beds at a shelter in a judo sport hall in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. They were devised by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for people who cannot afford to rent an apartment and often stay at internet cafes that are now closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: AFP

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban calls for cities to invest in earthquake and disaster shelters with virus prevention

  • Award-winning architect argues social distancing would be impossible in Japan’s shelters now and plans should be made to ease density in them
  • His team has designed shelters partitioned off by a frame of sturdy paper tubes with cloth hanging two metres from the top of the cubicle to the floor
Topic |   Architecture and design
Workers from the Voluntary Architects’ Network build partitions and beds at a shelter in a judo sport hall in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. They were devised by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for people who cannot afford to rent an apartment and often stay at internet cafes that are now closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: AFPWorkers from the Voluntary Architects’ Network build partitions and beds at a shelter in a judo sport hall in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. They were devised by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for people who cannot afford to rent an apartment and often stay at internet cafes that are now closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: AFP
Workers from the Voluntary Architects’ Network build partitions and beds at a shelter in a judo sport hall in Yokohama, Kanagawa prefecture, Japan. They were devised by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for people who cannot afford to rent an apartment and often stay at internet cafes that are now closed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: AFP
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