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Shigeru Ban – Complete Works 1985–Today

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Book cover - "Shigeru Ban - Complete Works 1985 - Today"
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Innovative use of materials

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is known for his innovative use of materials, particularly paper and cardboard. His pioneering work with paper tubes began in the early 1990s and revolutionised the perception of temporary buildings. Originally developed for emergency shelters after disasters, these paper tubes have proven to be not only economical and sustainable, but also robust and versatile. Ban’s “Paper Log House”, built in 1995 in response to the severe earthquake in Kobe, is an example of this type of innovation. The success of this building demonstrated the potential of alternative materials for fast, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions in housing construction.

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Sustainability and social responsibility

Shigeru Ban is also known for his efforts to make architecture more sustainable and socially responsible. He emphasises the use of local materials and construction methods to minimise the ecological footprint of his architecture while supporting the local economy. His projects should not only be aesthetically pleasing, but also environmentally friendly. One example of this is his “Naked House” in Kawagoe, which offers flexible living spaces and maximises natural ventilation and lighting to reduce energy consumption. Ban is convinced that sustainable architecture can have a positive social impact on society and contribute to improving the quality of life.

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Interior viewt – “Shigeru Ban – Complete Works 1985 – Today”
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The philosophy of Shigeru Ban

Ban’s architectural philosophy is rooted in the traditional Asian way of thinking, which separates the solution of technical problems from the design. Unlike many of his colleagues, who bring their stylistic preferences to every project, Ban approaches each project from a fresh perspective, seeking solutions that are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. The “Centre Pompidou-Metz” in France and the “Cardboard Cathedral” in New Zealand are examples of his ability to combine innovative technology with sensitive design. Ban believes that architecture should be accessible to all, regardless of social status, as demonstrated by his efforts to create affordable and sustainable housing.

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Global influence and international recognition

The international recognition of Shigeru Ban’s contributions to architecture culminated in the award of the prestigious Pritzker Prize in 2014. The jury praised his “creativity and high design quality in extreme situations”. However, Ban’s work is not only focussed on traditional residential construction, but also on the long-term reconstruction of communities and the promotion of sustainable structures. The influence of the globally active architect can be seen in a large number of cultural and ecological projects. From temporary accommodation in Rwanda to cultural monuments in Europe. His innovative thinking and humanitarian commitment have made Shigeru Ban one of the most important architects of our time.

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Original titleShigeru Ban – Complete Works 1985 – Today
EditorPhilip Jodidio
PublisherTaschen Verlag
CoverHardcover
Pages696 pages, with numerous illustrations
LanguageGerman, English, French
Dimensions30.8 x 39 cm
ISBN978-3-8365-8934-5
Price200 €

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