Shigeru Ban: architecture for greater social good

Shigeru Ban é o ganhador do Prêmio Pritzker de arquitetura de 2014, o mais importante da profissão. Ban é conhecido não apenas por seu trabalho inovador com materiais não convencionais, como papel e tubos de papelão, mas por seu trabalho humanitário junto a refugiados e vítimas de desastres naturais, para os quais projeta e constrói estruturas temporárias que aliam baixo-custo e  alta qualidade de design.

Shigeru Ban is the winner of the 2014 Pritzker Prize of architecture, the highest accolade in the profession. Ban is known not only for his innovative work with non conventional materials, like paper and cardboard tubes, but also for his humanitarian work, bringing low-cost and high quality of design to people in need, like refugees  and victims of natural disasters.

900_1pompidou_metz_shigeru_ban_jamesewing_12Centre Pompidou Metz, France , whose roof was inspired by a woven bamboo hat




Shigeru BanCardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, built after the 2011 earthquake


casas-carton-kobe-shigeru-banPaper Log Houses in Kobe, Japan built after the 1995 earthquake


Shigeru-Ban-3-537x357Onagawa Container Temporary Housing in Onagawa, Japan, built after the 2011 earthquake


Villa-Vista-by-Shigeru-Ban-7-537x357Private Home, Sri Lanka


s4wulsld9gchvzo881xlHannover Pavillion (2000)


Shigeru_Ban_1Paper House, Yamanashi, Japan


Shigeru-Ban-Wooden-Hexagonal-Structure-Nine-Bridges-Golf-Club-House-3Nine Bridges Golf Club House, South Korea


6a00d8341c630a53ef0120a6e63152970b-800wiVasarely Pavilion(2006), a temporary structure in Aix-en-Provence


shigeru-ban-cardboard-bridge1Cardboard Bridge, over the Gardon River in the South of France


vrfo_xl_shigeru_ban_05Curtain Wall House (1995), Tokyo, Japan


nomadic_museum_mar_05The Nomadic Museum travels the world



“Shigeru Ban is a tireless architect whose work exudes optimism. Where others may see insurmountable challenges, Ban sees a call to action. Where others might take a tested path, he sees the opportunity to innovate. He is a committed teacher who is not only a role model for younger generation, but also an inspiration.” — Pritzker Jury 2014


Shigeru Ban on TED


photo 1: James Ewing , photo 2: A/P Stephen Goodenough, photo 3: Bridgit Anderson

via archdaily, the guardian, the new york times

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