Emergency Shelter Exhibition, Melbourne

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Emergency Shelter Exhibition, Australia

Melbourne Public Display – organised by Jun Sakaguchi Architect

14 May 2013

Emergency Shelter Event

Organiser: Jun Sakaguchi Architect

Location: Melbourne, Australia

A unique event exploring ways to create safe shelters to promote communities recovering following natural disasters.

In the wake of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Sydney-based architect Jun Sakaguchi began to think about a unique event which would help raise funds for victims of natural disasters as well as explore creative architectural concepts.

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The Emergency Shelter Exhbition was first staged in Sydney and then in Brisbane in 2012. The Melbourne edition was staged in Federation Square in the CBD, where 13 emergency shelters appeared overnight.

One made of woven cocunut fronds and mats had a distinctive Pacific style, others looked very functional and homely with incorporated miniature gardens, and still others looked like public art installations. All concepts had to take into account the same guidelines: using materials which could be found after a natural disaster and not requiring skilled labour.

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It is an interactive exhibition where architects and building professionals interact with the community and there were a lot of interested people exploring the ideas in each shelter on display.

Jun Sakaguchi hopes to stage the Emergency Shelter Exhibition in Christchurch, New Zealand and later in Tokyo, Japan. He discusses the vision with Isabelle Genoux

Emergency Shelter Exhibition information from Radio Australia. Images from Jun Sakaguchi Architect

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