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"a guided tour of the mind behind some of the world’s most inventive responses to disaster"

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Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture

Foreword by Heidi Zuckerman. Text by Claude Bruderlein, Naomi Pollock, Eyal Weizman, Michael Kimmelman, Koh Kitayama, Brad Pitt.

Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture

“Architects are not building temporary housing because we are too busy building for the privileged people…. I’m not saying I’m against building monuments, but I’m thinking we can work more for the public.” - Shigeru Ban, Pritzker Prize, 2014

In 1994, after seeing photographs of the plastic sheets given to Rwandan refugees to live under, Shigeru Ban went to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to propose ideas for better shelters. Since then, Ban has been critically heralded for his innovative approaches to environmentally sound architecture and his devotion to humanitarian efforts in the wake of some of the most devastating natural and man-made disasters. His temporary housing has employed everything from plastic beer cartons to paper tubes to create ingeniously flexible spaces. By sourcing unconventional, recycled, inexpensive, local and sustainable materials, he stimulates devastated economies by involving local resources and labor. These works stem from empathy and have restored shelter and gathering places, offering comfort, protection and dignity to stricken communities around the world.

This important volume is the first book-length study to collect, catalogue and examine Shigeru Ban's architectural responses to disaster relief. Essays and discussions of individual projects, drawings in the artist's hand, instruction manuals, diverse photographs and a timeline and map make an essential compendium for the most personal and relevant aspect of Ban's work. The book is a major contribution to the broad subjects of humanitarian relief and sustainable design solutions, and provides an inspiring testament to Ban's ongoing dedication to our planet and its people.

Born in Tokyo in 1957, Shigeru Ban studied at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and went on to Cooper Union's School of Architecture where he studied under John Hejduk. At age 48, Ban won the 2005 Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture from the University of Virginia. He was profiled by Time in their projection of twenty-first-century innovators in the field of architecture and design. Ban was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2014.


Featured image is reproduced from Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Cultured

Ted Loos

Certainly the architect Shigeru Ban is one of our era's prime examples of this kind of visionary. The 56-year-old Ban, born in Japan and educated in the United States, has been rethinking and un-thinking stale conventional architectural ideas for 20 years- most radically, making humanitarian buildings quickly out of paper tubes for people affected by natural disasters. Finally the rest of the world is catching up: He's the 2014 winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, his profession's version of the Nobel Prize.

W Magazine

Fan Zhong

The Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has created humanitarian shelters for disaster sites in New Zealand, China, and Japan; conceived a nomadic exhibition space that traveled around the world; and collaborated on the Centre Pompidou outpost in Metz, France. Now comes the first permanent museum the 2014 Pritzker Prize winner has designed on his own: the $45 million Aspen Art Museum, set against the striking mountains of Colorado, which opens on August 9 to coincive with the institution's 35th anniversary.

Pin-Up

Jesse Coburn

The 280 page volume offers a multi-faceted account of the simple, low-cost strcutures that the Japanese architect has been producing for displaced people the world over for the past two decades. Through essays, interviews, and a richly illustrated project index, which includes many of Ban's hand drawings, a vivid portrait of the architect emerges that foregrounds his thoughtfulness and compassion alongside his architectural ingenuity.

Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture is an invaluable resource on the architect's work, and could well serve as inspiration for altruistically inclined designers-considering the tens of millions of displaced people in the world today, whether through natural disasters or war, the need for architects like Ban are greater than ever.

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Kari Silver

Humanitarian Architecture provides inspiration for those who believe that thoughtful design, equal parts compassion and concept, contributes in powerful ways toward the greater good.

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Rachel Pulfer

By focusing on Ban’s designs for those who “haven’t had the voice to ask for them,” Humanitarian Architecture provides inspiration for those who believe that thoughtful design, equal parts compassion and concept, contributes in powerful ways toward the greater good.

Inhabitat

Andrew Michler

The most thorough book available on Ban’s emergency shelters. His work in emergency response design and development is such a core part of his oeuvre, it would be difficult to understand or appreciate his more high-profile projects without it.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/17/2015

Shigeru Ban to Lecture at the Architectural League

Shigeru Ban to Lecture at the Architectural League

Wednesday, June 17, The Architectural League, New York, presents Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban lecturing on his current work and Humanitarian Architecture.
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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/16/2015

Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture

Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture

When approximately half a million people were left homeless after the 1999 Izmit earthquake in Turkey, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban adapted his iconic Paper Log House (built from materials like recycled cardboard tubes hand-filled with shredded paper insulation by local children) to the people and climate of Turkey. The dwellings were expanded to accommodate the typical large Turkish family, and local plastic beer crates were put to use as foundation materials. In association with the Architecture League, New York, Ban will lecture on this work and more on Wednesday, June 17 at the Great Hall, Cooper Union. Featured image, of the finished Paper Log Houses in Kaynasli, Turkey (2000), is reproduced from Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture, which will be available at the talk. continue to blog


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