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IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints

IASS Symposium 2014

SESSION: Environmentally Compatible Structures

Paper relief architecture

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  • Proceedings Name: IASS-SLTE Symposium 2014: Shells, Membranes and Spatial Structures: Footprints
  • ISSN: (Electronic Version) 2518-6582
  • Session: Environmentally Compatible Structures
  • Title: Paper relief architecture
  • Author(s): Jerzy F. ĄTKA
  • Keywords: paper in architecture, relief, emergency architecture, paper tubes, Shigeru Ban Architects
The article presents two contemporary projects of paper structures relief architecture designed and built by Shigeru Ban Architects and Voluntary Architect Network. Author of the article took part in design and construction process of one of the projects. The project of Yaan Nursery School, which was built from November 2013 till March 2014 is presented in comparison to another project realized by Shigeru Ban and VAN in the city of Chengdu after the Sichuan Earthquake in 2008. The article gives the introduction of paper components in architecture and its history and shows both projects with their differences as well as evolution of the approaches to structural solutions. The age difference between the projects is 5 years. The attempt of determination of the quality of paper as a construction material is made by comparison of their condition and the process of wear and tear of the older building. At the end of the article thoughts of the author about both projects, their implementations and pros and cons are presented.

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