Founder of Volunteer Architects' Network (VAN) and JDRFB grantee Shigeru Ban, was featured in domus, a design and architecture magazine, about VAN's Disaster Relief Project.
After the earthquake and tsunami hit Tohoku in March, thousands of victims were sent to evacuation shelters - often a school gymnasium or other single, large rooms which are overcrowded and offer the disaster victims no privacy. Ban came up with a unique partition system that was inexpensive and simple to build.
The JDRFB grant will support VAN's construction of temporary housing, as the recovery phase moves into the transitional stage and evacuees leave the temporary shelters. Ban has designed multi-unit "townhouses" built with steel shipping containers, in much the same way that he was able to successfully use the containers to build the Nomadic Museum. Here is more detailed updates from VAN about the multi-unit "townhouses": http://bit.ly/hBgThG
Read more about VAN and Ban's work for the Japanese Disaster Relief on domus magazine.