Australian and international architects (including Lava, Jean Nouvel, Sou Fujimoto, PTW, COX and Teronubu Fujimori among others) have taken action, creating an exhibition highlighting the need for emergency shelters in disaster zones and bringing awareness to the public about the role of the design and construction industry in the aftermath of natural disasters.
"As Australians and global citizens we know the devastating impact of natural disasters, most recently the toll that the Tohoku Great Earthquake has wrought on Japan and its people. As an industry we understand the importance of a structure for people to be sheltered from the elements and have a safe area to call home. This knowledge empowers us with the ability to do good for the people of Japan that need us in this time of crisis."
This exhibition is to propose shelters that could not only protect people from rain and other elements in emergency situations but also provide a space to feel secure and comfortable in a disastrous environment, fundamental to the recovery process.
Through this exhibition and support there of, the 2011 ESE aims to raise funds from sponsors and the public in order to donate to the Tohoku Great Earthquake affected areas.
Various supportive companies from the building industry have collaborated on this exhibition. Construction companies have supported this event by helping to construct each architectural firm's proposed shelter.
Volunteers from universities have contributed to the construction. All shelters will be installed at allocated area within the site in one day with any additional work carried out off site beforehand.
Emergency Shelter Australia is now a part of Sydney Architecture Festival and the shelters will be relocated to Sydney College of the Arts and UNSW.
Many parties were involved in this project, such as architects, students, universities, supporters, sponsors. With their thoughts, creativity, manual work they remind us that the hearthquake is 'still there'.