housing, temporary housing, wood

Quake victims offered easy-to-build wood structures, asahi 5/26/11

A maker of wooden furniture and houses is proposing easy-to-build temporary structures with the warmth of wood for people displaced by the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Oak Village, based in Takayama, Gifu Prefecture, has produced a prototype that can be put up in one day and costs roughly the same as prefabricated temporary housing.

It says the A-framed wooden building offers quake victims a feeling of warmth not found in traditional prefab structures.

The company plans to present the design to local government officials in areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami.

A company official said when the temporary housing is no longer needed, the wooden components can be reused in regular housing construction.

link to story: http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201105250168.html

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About liz

from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.

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