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Friday, March 2, 2012

Cardboard Houses

A Japanese architect is using an unlikely construction material in his race against time in order to build a towering structure that will replace Christchurch Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand after an earthquake in February, 2011 ravaged the city icon.

Shigeru Ban, 54, is using cardboard to fashion a temporary cathedral, a building that will be used for about a decade. He hopes the complete construction will coincide with the first anniversary of the trembler on February 22, 2012.

Ban, based in Tokyo, has built provisional homes made of cardboard around the world for people displaced by disasters.

He installed his latest paper-building work -- a temporary bridge over the Gardon River in France. The 7.5-ton structure is made of 281 of Shigeru's trademark cardboard tubes.

“Cardboard is an interesting contrast to the heaviness of a stone structure,” Ban says. The steps of his bridge are made from recycled paper and plastic, while wooden boxes packed with sand comprise the foundations. “I chose cardboard because it is light weight, will be easy to dismantle, and the materials are easy to collect locally.”

A team of two-dozen architecture students from France, as well as three Japanese students, erected the bridge during the course of a month.

Source: 2011-09-10

According to the apostle Paul, we, who belong to God, are also in the building business!

For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 3:9-11).

As we build our lives and help build in the lives of others, it is crystal clear that everything we construct should be on the firm immovable foundation of Jesus Christ!

Don’t waste your time trying to build a life without God; it is like building on shifting sand!