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SHIGERU BAN AR'84 WINNER OF THE 2014 PRITZKER PRIZE



Shigeru Ban is a brilliant designer of private houses, apartment houses, public buildings, and museum exhibitions, Mr. Ban may be best known for designing cardboard and plastic housing for earthquake victims. Mr. Ban who lives in Tokyo came up with this practical solution for refugee housing after the 1994 earthquake in Kobe, Japan. The following year he established the Volunteer Architects Network, a non-governmental agency of the United Nations. Mr. Ban’s first venture into refugee housing came in response to the 1994 civil strife in Rwanda. Deforestation had depleted the timber needed for building shelters. Working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, he designed simple tents of blue plastic sheets, using cardboard tubes to support them. In 1998, fifty emergency shelters designed by Sigeru Ban, were constructed in Rwanda. In 1999, thousands of housing units were shipped to Turkey following their devastating earthquake.

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