Humanitarian Architecture: Shigeru Ban
Publisher: Aspen Art Press/ D.A.P. ISBN: 9780934324649 Format: Hardcover, 280pp, 228 x 330mm
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. These works stem from empathy and have restored shelter and gathering places, offering comfort, protection and dignity to stricken communities around the world. 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.