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Shigeru Ban's cardboard ChristChurch

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A cathedral made of cardboard could be set to replace the historic ChristChurch Cathedral, damaged by the earthquake that hit New Zealand’s second city earlier this year

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban plans to construct the foundations from shipping containers, with cardboard tubes for the walls and nave.

Ban is something of an expert in building temporary structures in disaster zones, and has built shelters and schools in Rwanda, Kobe, Turkey, and most recently, Haiti. Although meant to be temporary, his cathedral in Kobe after the 1995 earthquake was still in use 10 years later. He said: ‘If you love the building, it is permanent. If not, it is temporary.’

A £27,000 feasibility study has been launched for the project.

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