2024 Noto Peninsula Earthquake Disaster Relief Project

NPO Voluntary Architects Network (VAN) + Shigeru Ban Architects have started to set up Paper Partition System (PPS) and cardboard beds to ensure privacy at evacuation centers for disaster victims from the Noto Peninsula Earthquake on January 1st.

Voluntary Architects’ Network calls on your support in our disaster relief.
Donations made to the following account below, are very much appreciated.

Preparation for Temporary Housing Begins

As a response to the Noto Peninsula Earthquake, we began to design and plan for temporary container housing and temporary housing using Dowel Laminated Timber (DLT).

Features of Container Temporary Housing
– Containers can be stacked to provide a large number of housing units even in areas with limited flat land.
– Containers are stacked in a checkerboard pattern, and glass is inserted between the containers to open up the LDK of each housing unit.
– Using containers ensures sufficient sound insulation from adjacent rooms and on the floors above and below.

Features of DLT Temporary Housing
– DLT is made by lining up a row of lumber, drilling holes, and inserting wooden dowels. No glue or nails are used during this process.
– DLT is a material that is easy for local lumber companies to work with because of its simple processing process, with no gluing process and no need for large-scale manufacturing facilities.
– Staggered stacking of box-shaped units of DLT lumber enables construction in a short period of time.
– The interior will be kept as DLT without additional finishes, allowing the interior space to take full advantange of the texture and materiality of wood.

The State of the Temporary Housing constructed in 2023

The temporary housing constructed in Suzu City after Noto Earthquake 2023 is without damage and still in use after the Noto Peninsula Earthquake 2024.

[January 28th] Nukadani Fureai Gymnasium in Kanazawa

Airweave donated 40 mattresses, and MUJI donated 40 beds made of cardboard.

Provided by Airweave and MUJI

[January 28th] Tada Elementary School in Suzu

PPS was installed at Tada Elementary School in Suzu City.

In cooperation with: Peace Winds Japan

[January 17th] Midorigaoka Junior High School in Suzu

VAN installed additional 74 units of PPS in Midorigaoka Junior High School in Suzu from January14th.

In cooperation with: Suzu City, Peace Winds Japan

[January 15th] Matto General Gymnasium in Hakusan / Honobono-yu in Uchinada

Hakusan City has set up evacuation centers to accept evacuees from Noto. VAN installed 480 units at Matto General Gymnasium using PPS stockpiled by local government.

Uchinada Town installed PPS provided by the Cabinet Office at local evacuation centers.

[January 13th-14th] Midorigaoka Junior High School in Suzu

On January 13th and 14th, VAN + Shigeru Ban Architects have set up 100 units of paper partitions at the Midorigaoka Junior High School in Suzu City.

[January 9th] Nukadani Fureai Gymnasium in Kanazawa

On January 9th, VAN + Shigeru Ban Architects have set up 150 units of paper partitions and cardboard beds to ensure privacy at the Nukadani Fureai Gymnasium in Kanazawa City.

We have also delivered partitions to Uchinada Town.

In cooperation with: Komatsu Matere, MUJI, Ishikawa Interior Coordinator Association, Atelier Hob, Kazuyuki Kusaka Architects

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