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Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban

Humanitarian Architecture

by Heidi Zuckerman JacobsonClaude Bruderlein Michael Kimmelman and others

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 15/09/2014

RRP  $60.00 $59.75
"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.
ISBN:
9780934324649
9780934324649
Category:
Individual architects & architectural firms
Format:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
15-09-2014
Publisher:
Aspen Art Museum,US
Country of origin:
United States
Pages:
288
Dimensions (mm):
330x230x27mm
Weight:
1.84kg
Naomi Pollock

Naomi Pollock is an American architect who lives in Tokyo where she writes about design in Japan. Her work has appeared in numerous publications on both sides of the Pacific, including A+U, Dwell, Jutakutokushu, Wallpaperand Architectural Record for whom she is the Special International Correspondent.

In addition, she is the author of Modern Japanese House and Hitoshi Abe (both published by Phaidon Press), Made in Japan: 100 New Products, as well as the co-author of New Architecture in Japan.

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