“Say it’s only a paper moon, sailing over a cardboard” … church?

By | August 1, 2011

Sunday’s  (July 31) blog entry from Deacon Greg Kandra over at Deacons Bench (Christchurch) presented an interesting possibility for replacing the Anglican Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, heavily damaged in three earthquakes, first on Sept. 4 and then two others this year: on Feb.  22 and June 13.

I’ve since found the story on New Zealand news sites. The temporary cathedral would be built of cardboard tubing and shipping containers. The idea was suggested by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who builds temporary structures after natural disasters, including a Catholic church he built after a 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan. The structure, still sound, has since been moved to Taiwan. The temporary church would cost $4 million to build and could be completed by Feb. 22, 2012.  Check the link above to learn more.


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