Japanese prefab tiny homes could change the way we think about disaster housing

Japanese tiny house

Not knowing when a natural disaster might strike can make it difficult to create an efficient and fast way to produce large volumes of shelters at a moment’s notice. Japanese prefabricated building maker Daiwa Lease has solved this conundrum by setting up a production line in emerging Asian countries that can be efficiently diverted to make temporary housing units for Japan when a disaster strikes.

The “New Temporary House” (NTH) was designed by architect Shigeru Ban, who won the Pritzker prize for his innovative and low-cost shelters for disaster survivors, including recyclable paper tube houses used by refugees and evacuees from Rwanda to Turkey, to India, to Japan.

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