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Shigeru Ban Wins Pritzker Architecture Award

Anita W

Sponsored by Chicago's billionaire Pritzker family, the annual award recognizes "consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of architecture."

Those words resonate for Ban because his simple but spirit-lifting buildings have lent shelter and dignity to people who have suffered from civil war, genocide, earthquakes and tsunamis.

lets call this a win for humanitarian architecture.

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  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    This is awesome: "Paper is an industrial material. It can waterproof and fireproof easily," he said. "It's very strong …. The strength of the building has nothing to do with the material. Even a concrete building can be destroyed by an earthquake."

    A temporary Kobe, Japan, church that Ban designed after the 1995 earthquake was only supposed to last three years, he said, but it stood for 10 years and then was dismantled and rebuilt in Taiwan.

    "As long as people love (a building)," he said, "it becomes permanent."