The Bible has at least a little to say about how to construct a building, but mostly in Proverbs and mostly not having anything to do actually building a structure (metaphor!). So without rock solid instructions, officials overseeing the Christchurch Cathedral--the one in Christchurch, New Zealand, that was all but leveled in February's 6.3-magnitude earthquake--plan to build a 700-seat cardboard cathedral as a temporary replacement.
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is heading up the design effort, which is currently in the midst of a $50,000 feasibility study. If the plan is approved, Ban plans to erect a massive 78-foot-high A-frame cathedral from cardboard tubes that will sit upon a foundation of 20-foot shipping containers (and we're pretty positive that building plan is nowhere in the Good Book).
Don't be misled by the term "temporary." This structure is meant to serve as a stand-in for Christchurch Cathedral--the city's iconic landmark--for a full ten years. It will cost about $3.4 million and could be erected in as few as three months. And try not to associate cardboard with "temporary" either--Ban has been building cardboard structures since 1989 (including a church in Kobe, Japan and several temporary housing buildings in Haiti), and he builds them to last.
Known as an "emergency architect," Ban is a big proponent of cardboard as a building material, particularly after natural disasters when the prices of building materials spike. It's cheap and abundant, it recycles when you're done with it, and it's surprisingly strong. In a pinch, you can usually get your hands on a lot of it fast at low cost.
If the plan is approved, the cardboard cathedral may be swiftly built to open on Feb 22 of next year, the one-year anniversary of the earthquake. That means a lot of cardboard will have to be erected in quite a hurry. But it's silly to think of the strength of a building in terms of how much time you spend moving heavy materials into place, Ban says. After all, he said in remarks to Christchurch Cathedral officials, paper buildings don't collapse during an earthquake.
maybe they can prey for their god to build them a new church.
huh. I don't think I would have thought of using cardboard, but that's actually a pretty good idea.
why learn from your own mistakes, when you could learn from the mistakes of others?
@boka, they did pray, and God answered their prayers :-)
Sounds like a fire hazard to me
and they'll still build the pews out of the hardest of all hardwoods they can find
I love building things out of cardboard. It is amazing how much weight a 10 inch cube created out of cardboard can handle if designed properly (more weight than I could find to squash it)
However... What about rain/dew/water/Moisture?
Are these structures coated with epoxy/resin? Waxed like produce boxes? Im curious to see how these structures can prevent water damage.
Either way... if they dont get a church up quickly, they wont be able to collect dues from their members which it sounds like they are going to need in order to build a new cathedral.
Id really hate to see another church going out of business.
well this is a double edged sword, the original church was founded in 1028 and adhered to its original architecture largely, so goodbye historic monument. On the other hand it will be interesting to see how this cardboard thing works out and what the new church will be like. Always fun to see what people do when building a church because of the extra freedom of design and flair. If anyone cares to see some history and what the old building was feel free. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christ_Church_Cathedral,_Dublin#Overview_and_history
nadur - Not that Christchurch Cathedral. This one http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ChristChurch_Cathedral,_Christchurch
And they're going to rebuild it just as it was.
I don't think it's necessarily a bad idea, but that's a lot of money. Something about it feels wasteful, when they only plan on using it for 10 years. Couldn't they rent a space? I'm sure it wouldn't cost more than $340,000 a year. Either way, cool idea.
What about using SIPs? Super insulated,earthquake and pest proof,plus it goes up super fast.
this should make things easier for new zealands multitude of church burning youth
You have it backwards. Everyone knows God needs lots of money (that's why churches have collections).
My theory is that God needs all of that money as payment for all the work he did in creating the universe. (That's why he doesn't do any work anymore; he's not a fool! No more miracles until all previous miracle-debts are paid.)
Fortunately for all you hell-bound sinners, God told me that I can collect payment on his behalf. Send me a direct message with your credit card number, and we will get your debt to God all sorted out in no time ;)
All religions have this in common, "Give me your money, your reward will come after you die." We used to have thousands of gods. Now we’re down to one. We’re getting closer to the true number.
i hope they don't hold candlemas...it could be disastrous.
Not true. In the surviving religions, anything "good" that happens through chance in your life is classified as the result of all your money give-aways.
"Give me money. Your reward will be after you're dead--unless something good happens to you while you are still alive, in that case it was God. Now, Give me more money."
"Do not offer sympathy to the mentally ill.
Tell them firmly:
I am not paid to listen to this drivel.
You are a terminal boob." - William S. Burroughs
An article about a church rebuilding after a massive earthquake and you're all taking the opportunity to bash on religion. Isn't the fact that an article like this is on this website proof that religion and science aren't mutually exclusive?
Come on people.