Ban and Matsubara Research Laboratories, Keio University
Proposal of Disaster Relief Activities for "5?12 Wenchuan Earthquake"
Hearing the news of "5?12 Wenchuan Earthquake", Shigeru Ban Research
Laboratory and Matsubara Research Laboratory of Keio University have
decided to jointly organize voluntary relief activities for this earthquake.
These two laboratories plan to organize the disaster relief activities
in coordination with "Shigeru Ban Architects" in Tokyo and "Beijing
Matsubara and Architects". The person liable is in charge of the supply
of materials, laborers and technological guidance to build "Paper
Emergency Shelter" for disaster-stricken areas in the coordination and
communication with different parties. We hope to promptly build shelters
which are in good sanitary condition and suitable for the environment of
the area, making a contribution to the country's earthquake resistance
and disaster relief activities.
i.Cooperative Departments and Organizations
The universities and colleges with architectural discipline and
related specialties in disaster-stricken areas. We are already
in contact with several universities which have the possibility
to be our partners.
Volunteers are mainly the students in the architecture departments
and related specialties of local universities and colleges in China
and volunteered students from Japan.
iii.Operation Process of the Program
1.We will seek for the cooperative Chinese universities with architectural
discipline and related specialties, and start the intercollegiate exchange.
2.Both Mr. Ban and Mr. Matsubara will go to the disaster areas around 22nd
of May to communicate with local university partners, get deeper understanding
of the site situation and if possible, to visit local paper tube manufactures.
3.Japanese volunteer rescue teams will arrive at disaster-stricken areas
together with the building materials. They will build "Paper Emergency Shelter"
in cooperation with the local partners.
4.We will continue disaster relief activities, making most use of the past
experience in stricken areas of many other countries.
iv.Issues to be Prepared by the Related Departments in China
1.The sites to build "Paper Emergency Shelter" should be proposed by the
cooperative Chinese universities. It can be within the university campus
if it is close to the disaster-stricken area.
2.The permission for the disaster relief activity from the local government.
3.The entrance permission from the government and relief headquarters to let
the relevant parties active smoothly.
4.The financial assistance from domestic and foreign charitable organizations
in later stages. The funds will be raised in Japan as well.
v.The Financial Relationship of Different Departments
1.These activities are carried out at our own expenses in the preliminary
stage, whereas we need the financial assistance from charitable organizations
at later stages.
2.At an early stage, building materials can be sent from Japan and assembled
in the disaster-stricken areas. If possible, the paper tubes should be
manufactured at local companies which we are already in contact with.
In the past disaster relief activities in Africa and India, the paper tubes
were locally manufactured.
vi.The contact information of liaison for the program
1.The point of contact in China is "Beijing Matsubara and Architects (BMA)".
Liaison: Liu Di (female)
Unit: Beijing Matsubara and Architects (BMA)
2.The point of contact in Japan is "Shigeru Ban Research Laboratory of
Keio University, Japan".
Liaison: Matsumoto Jun (male)
Unit: Shigeru Ban Research Laboratory of Keio University
This announcement can be considered as a brief summary of our activity
at the present stage. As the program develops, adjustments may be
continuously made. Since we need to take prompt action, we appreciate
your deep understanding and strong support from various aspects.
We sincerely hope our activities can be carried out smoothly so that
we are able to exert what little strength we have.
Ban and Matsubara Research Laboratory
Keio University, Japan