TOKYO (majirox news) — Elementary school children in Chiba prefecture have been taught how to build elaborate cardboard box houses to help raise their awareness of disasters, according to the Chiba Nippo newspaper.
Kogakuin University Prof. Toshihiko Suzuki came up with the idea of building the houses after seeing people sleeping on the streets after they were unable to return home following transport stoppages caused by the March 11 disasters.
Suzuki held a class for over 50 children at the Toda Community Center in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, on July 30, building the home.
The home has a triangular roof, uses no adhesive to put together and is about 2-meters-long (6 yards) and 1-meter-high (3 yards). Suzuki also made proposals to build toilets or change-rooms out of cardboard boxes.
Suzuki said adults could build the homes in about one hour. He said the cardboard box houses could be used in disaster evacuation centers, eliminating the need for partitions, not taking up too much space and also providing a degree of privacy. He added that they allow breezes to pass through, making them cool in summer, but also retained warmth to permit them to be used in colder months.