Four days after the earthquake struck we wrote about architect Shigeru Ban’s efforts to collect donations for simple paper partition systems in evacuation centers. These are cheap, effective ways to give evacuees some privacy and hence a little bit of normalcy in a very abnormal situation.

Some new images have come in that help to illustrate the effectiveness of these partitions so I wanted to share them.

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top: taken during the Niigata earthquake (2004)
bottom: installation in Otsuchi High School Gymnasium (4.5.2011)

So far Shigeru Ban and his team have installed over 140 sets in 8 different locations. You can still donate to this cause by visiting his website where you will find the necessary information to donate.