From emergency relief shelters to a cardboard cathedral and
exhibition spaces in shipping containers, Pritzker Prize–winning
architect Shigeru Ban has made his name with hisrestlessly inventive response to material and situation, as much as with hishumanitarian work at the sites of natural and man-made disasters.
In the spirit of a three-dimensional poetry, Ban uses materials as an incorporated part of his design,
selected not for their cutting-edge credentials but rather for their
expressive ability, their capacity to convey the building’s overall
concept. In particular, Ban has made regular use of paper tubing in projects as varied as the Japanese Pavilion at Expo 2000 in Hanover and emergency shelters for Rwanda’s Byumba Refugee Camp.
This essential introduction, compiled with Ban’s own collaboration,
presents his most important projects to date to survey the full reach
and importance of, in the words of the Pritzker Prize jury, a “committed
teacher who is not only a role model for younger generation, but also