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Hello. How are you? This is a bead devoted to architectural design principles, architects, movements, and outstanding home or building design. Feel free to post articles, interviews, talks, documentaries and clips. A few architects whose...

Hello. How are you? This is a bead devoted to architectural design principles, architects, movements, and outstanding home or building design. Feel free to post articles, interviews, talks, documentaries and clips. A few architects whose works I appreciate: Kurosawa Kisho, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe, Antti Lovag, Paolo Soleri (who designed Arcosanti), Antoni Gaudi, Paul Revere Williams, Le Corbusier, Ant Farm and Zaha Hadid.
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Sep 20, 2015
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Shigeru Ban - 坂 茂 Ban Shigeru
Pamela Talese

Principle, pragmatism, & the power of paper

Shigeru Ban -a genius of extreme humility-mentions his disappointment in his profession for creating palaces for the privileged when so much of humanity is in need of basic shelter.

The recognition of his deft use of recyclable materials (such as carboard tubes and heavy paper) to create beautiful structures from churches and convention halls to 'disaster relief' dwellings brought Shigeru Ban the 2014 Pritzker Prize. However, the architect describes his idiosyncratic use of material as an "accident." and as a matter of necessity. "I had to create a design for an exhibition...but I couldn't afford wood . Instead, I used the many paper tubes from rolls of drafting paper that were lying around. The tubes turned out to be quite strong." As you will hear in this interview, Shigeru Ban is both adaptive, inventive and utterly brilliant. His fascination with the flexibility of temporary housing seems to inspire him more than making 'monuments'.
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