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Shigeru Ban, winner of the Pritzker Prize 2014

ON343 - MAY/2014

The Pritzker Prize, considered the Nobel Prize of architecture, has this year 2014 gone to Shigeru Ban (Tokyo, 1957) in recognition of a nowadays rare trajectory in architecture, approached not from high technology but from an innovative vision of economy and ingenuity, based on concepts such as structure, materials, views, ventilation and natural light to turn his projects into comfortable places for people.

His work encompasses from elegant designs for private clients (residences, corporate offices, museums, concert halls and other civic buildings) to humanitarian projects in places ravaged by natural disasters or others caused by man. Shigeru Ban has travelled in these places for 20 years and has worked hand in hand with local residents, volunteers and students to design and build low-cost projects, both simple decent and recyclable shelters and community buildings for the victims. The Pompidou-Metz Centre in France; the conversion of an old baseball pitch in a district built from shipping containers that sheltered almost 500 homeless people after the tsunami that devastated their country in 2011; or the temporary pavilion of the IE University campus in Madrid, built from paper tubes joined together with wooden joins are some of the architect’s numerous projects.

Shigeru Ban, who had already been a member of the jury for these prizes between 2006 and 2009, has stated that this award is for him “a stimulus to continue listening to people in their work and to contribute to improve society through architecture”.


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