Long before sustainability became a buzzword, architect Shigeru Ban had begun his experiments with ecologically-sound building materials such as cardboard tubes and paper. His remarkable structures are often intended as temporary housing, designed to help the dispossessed in disaster-struck nations such as Haiti, Rwanda or Japan. Yet equally often the buildings remain a beloved part of the landscape long after they have served their intended purpose. (Filmed at TEDxTokyo.)
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Citing his innovative approach to structure and material as well as his commitment to compassionate design, the Pritzker Jury has selected Japanese architect Shigeru Ban as the 2014 winner of the Pritzker Prize. Ban is the thirty-eighth recipient of the Pritzker Prize and its seventh Japanese recipient.
Ban, who studied at Sci-Arc and Cooper Union, first gained international recognition for his experimental, creative use of unconventional materials, particularly paper and cardboard. However, he has more recently gained fame for bringing low-cost, high-quality design to those most in need of it, such as refugees and victims of natural disaster.
According to the jury, the Pritzker Prize recognizes architects who both display "excellence in built work and who make a significant and consistent contribution to humanity." Shigeru Ban, whose approach is as innovative as it is humanitarian, "reflects this spirit of the prize to the fullest."
The 2007-8 Franzen Lecture on Architecture and the Environment, an annual invited lecture by an international figure whose work has significant implications for understanding and reconceiving the relationship between architecture and the environment, was delivered by Shigeru Ban on January 22, 2008 at the Great Hall of Cooper Union in New York City.
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban’s innovative work tests the limits of structure and form. Often based on elements derived from traditional Japanese architecture, his firm’s designs are ecologically sensitive and flexibly programmed, from quickly constructed temporary paper structures to modular, reconfigurable galleries and pavilions to permanent urban structures. Recent and current work includes the Nomadic Museum; the Seikei Library; Papertainer Museum, Seoul; Nicolas G. Hayek Center, Tokyo; the Metal Shutter Houses; and the Pompidou Center – Metz.
The annual Franzen Lecture on Architecture and the Environment was created in honor of long-time League trustee Ulrich Franzen. The Franzen Lecture on Archiecture and the Environment is made possible by contributions from the Riggio Foundation, Juliana Curran Terian, and Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown.
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Intervista con l’artista Jaeeun-Choi, di Studio Jaeeun-Choi (Tokyo, Giappone), e con l’architetto Shigeru Ban, di Shigeru Ban Architects (Tokyo, Giappone), selezionati per la 15. Mostra Internazionale di Architettura.
Interview with the artist Jaeeun-Choi, of Studio Jaeeun-Choi (Tokyo, Japan), and with the architect Shigeru Ban, of Shigeru Ban Architects (Tokyo, Japan), selected to participate in the 15th International Architecture Exhibition.
Speakers: Alejandro Aravena, Paolo Baratta, Milinda Pathiraja (Robust Architecture Workshop), Jaeuun-Choi (Studio Jaeeun-Choi and Shigeru Ban Architects), Manuel Herz and Robert Jan van Pelt (School of Architecture, University of Waterloo)
Venice, Teatro alle Tese, 26th November 2016