With the cooperation of the Emergency Design Studio, which is formed by the initiative of students, academics and graduates of the Middle East Technical University Faculty of Architecture and works on the physical environment after disasters, and with the support of Mozaik Design, the Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was in Turkey between May 3 – 5 for a talk titled “Balancing Architectural Works with Social Contributions” and the Paper Log House prototype to be built in Hatay – Defne.

On May 3, after the interview at METU, Ban opened the Paper Log House prototype together with the Emergency Design Studio and the next day, he contributed to the installation of the prototype in Hatay with the METU team and the logistics team of Mozaik. Following this prototype, around 20 more Paper Masura houses are expected to be built in the earthquake zone.

“Paper tubes”, which are cylindrical tubes made of cardboard, form the column parts of the material structure. The Paper Masura house, which also has hot and cold heat insulation, is expected to be used for 2 – 3 years without any problems.

After the installation in Hatay, Ban shared his talk titled “Balancing Architectural Works with Social Contributions” with his colleagues this time at Mozaik Ortaköy.

For more than 30 years, Shigeru Ban has been thinking and working on the problem of post-disaster shelter by focusing on the concept of recycling. After the Marmara Earthquake in 1999, Mozaik is honored to have once again hosted Ban, who came to Düzce – Kaynaşlı with the invitation of Mozaik and built shelters for earthquake victims.