Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture

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Shigeru Ban: Humanitarian Architecture

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Published by Aspen Art Press/D.A.P.
Foreword by Heidi Zuckerman Jacobson. Text by Claude Bruderlein, Naomi Pollock, Eyal Weizman, Michael Kimmelman, Koh Kitayama, Brad Pitt

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.  This important volume is the first book-length study to collect, catalogue and examine these works. 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. 

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