Architect Shigeru Ban

In my last post, I touched on design in support of those effected by the earthquakes and tsunami in Japan. Highlighted, was an article in the New York Times, on the work of Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban. He is actively working on the ground to improve the experience of those displaced and residing in temporary shelters. His simple and inexpensive solution to provide privacy to families in currently being implemented. While looking at the architects website, it became clear that these partitions will offer people dignity and privacy in a dense and stressful situation. It is innovation and action like this, that is making an immediate difference. It will be a long road of recovery, no doubt. But, I applaud the simple human elements addressed by Mr. Ban’s project, providing the private opportunity to grieve, regroup, focus and look ahead.
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Design For Japan

In response to the devastating earthquakes and tsunami in Japan, I have been moved by the response within the design community. Designers of varied disciplines have shared the gift of their craft to raise awareness and much needed funds to help the survivors of this disaster. When something as immense as this happens, it often leaves one feeling a bit helpless, wondering what to do to make a dent in the vast need. Design is a powerful thing. It has the capability to bring together people of all nations, in a common unspoken language. I am inspired by those taking action, regardless of the scale of the gesture, from a limited edition poster to the design of much needed relief shelter. It reminds me that it is the collective action of each one of us as individuals that makes a difference.

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