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Wednesday, April 02, 2014, 12:30 - 13:30

Shigeru Ban
The 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate
Language: The speech and Q&A will be in English

 The highest honor an architect can receive is the Pritzker Architecture Prize; and this year the prize is going to the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. The 56-year-old Ban is perhaps best known for his efforts to provide low-cost, recyclable shelters and community centers for those displaced by war or natural disaster. For twenty years he has volunteered his time and talent to aid survivors. His non-governmental organization, Voluntary Architects' Network (VAN), has been on the scene to design and build temporary facilities on the sites of such disasters as the Kobe Earthquake in 1995 and Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines last year.

 Aside from disaster relief structures, Ban has also designed a range of private homes, museums, office buildings and churches. In an age when many architects rely on high-tech solutions, Ban uses unconventional materials such as shipping containers, corrugated plastic, bamboo, fabric and paper tubes, which he has turned to extensively in his disaster relief buildings. His inventive touches include wrapping a home in two-story high curtains and using glass shutters to control sunlight and visibility.

 Born in Tokyo, Ban studied at Tokyo University of the Arts, the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles, and the Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York. He now has offices in Tokyo, New York and Paris.

 Often called the "Nobel Prize of architecture," the Pritzker Architecture Prize is to "honor a living architect whose built work demonstrates a combination of those qualities of talent, vision and commitment, which has produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture." Ban is the 7th Japanese architect to win the Pritzker. Last year's winner was Toyo Ito.

 At this press conference, Ban will talk about his work, his relief efforts, what it means to him to win the prize and his future plans.

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation. 

                 Apr 02 14 PC Shigeru Ban045                      Professional Activities Committee


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