Wanna know how the refugees of 3/11 live six months later? Well, the lucky ones could leave the temporary mass shelters and move in… temporary single shelters! Like this one:
This is a luxury class shelter module called „QuickSpace72h“ which you can arrange to family size, too. Well, it has won a design award (you can watch some promotional videos with a most disturbing Easy Listening soundtrack here), but good design is one thing, a home another. For months at least. Others have to live in even more spartan containers, there are complete suburbs, every „house“ looks the same. The residents get lost, they can’t tell one from another. That doubles the depressing effect of their unintended camping. And there’s another factor which boosts mental meltdown:
Now imagine you live in a container and people call you traitor. But you can’t go back and rebuild your home because it’s in the hot zone of Fukushima. You sit there and have nothing to do and stare at empty walls. Well, there have been bazillions of artworks online to cheer up the victims of the triple disaster. Rather futile if you don’t have your own computer in your shelter. And last but not least it’s not really exhilarating to sit and watch. Art is better for the soul if you do it yourself at all. Arts Aid Tohoku has such an interactive „man does not live by bread alone“ approach, read the concept here. Art as an activity makes sense, time goes by and you can express yourself. Groups like Arts Aid Tohoku helps artists to help with art and art activities on location. So it actually makes sense to give them a little money. Because people need not only food, clothes and shelter, but a reason to live.