Just as the digital age appears to be relegating many paper products to the dustbins of history, Architect Shigeru Ban has found a new purpose for paper: construction. Since 1990, innovator Shigeru Ban has been using paper and cardboard tubes to build structures. Typically, these paper buildings are intended for temporary use in post-disaster scenarios. However, they are often so well loved that locals keep the paper & cardboard structures around long after the disaster has passed.
Paper may seem far too flimsy for use as a dependable building product, but Shigeru Ban has found ways to make his tubes water- and fireproof, and industrial strength to boot. The cardboard or paper tube “bones” of Ban’s structures are recycled from local sources.