Shigeru Ban has a low tolerance for waste.

Shigeru Ban’s Paper Church in Kobe, Japan (via Hanjie). Architizer Blog
Shigeru Ban’s Paper Church in Kobe, Japan (via Hanjie). Architizer Blog

When he joined critic Judith Thurman for a discussion at the New Yorker Festival on Sunday afternoon, Mr. Ban hesitantly called out some of his peers: “I don?t like the building that uses so much waste just to make a funny shape.”

This statement is not to be taken lightly, for this architect is a rare specimen of “practice what you preach.” Mr. Ban, a Japanese-born architect who studied his craft at SCI-Arch and at Cooper Union (under the famed John Hejduk), has become best known for his post-disaster temporary construction made from recycled paper tubes.

In disaster-ravaged countries across the globe, from Sri Lanka to Italy to Haiti to Japan (and beyond!), Mr. Ban has been on the ground helping to rebuild communities. His commitment is articulated through his ingenious use of recycled paper tubes, which are low-cost and made locally in many different parts of the world; a surprise universal material.

How paper tubes create shelter, after the jump.

It is easy to be skeptical of this concept. Paper tube structures seem more like a gimmick than a solution, but Mr. Ban has used innovation and adaptability to create inexpensive, sturdy structures in shaken communities. In addition to being locally made around the World, cardboard does not increase in price after a disaster, making it inexpensive to source and use.

vía Architizer Blog » Blog Archive » Shigeru Ban: Rebuilding Home with Paper Tubes.



Architect Shigeru Ban

The Japanese-born, American-trained designer’s approach is methodical, unorthodox and ingeniously pragmatic.


Entradas anteriores en ArquitecturaS:

Los arquitectos de Japón unen fuerzas para la reconstrucción – – Noticias Agencias

De paseo por las alternativas efímeras a la vivienda tradicional – – El medio social

Shigeru Ban, el arquitecto del papel busca el ‘equilibrio’ con la solidaridad | Solidaridad |

Shigeru Ban: su primer proyecto español será construido en Santiago de Compostela

Un arquitecto japonés construye un puente de papel al sureste de Francia

* – * – * – * – *
La noticia de hoy en ArquitecturaS (vía Twitter@arquitectonico!/arquitectonico/status/124436189242593280



Por favor, inicia sesión con uno de estos métodos para publicar tu comentario:

Logo de

Estás comentando usando tu cuenta de Cerrar sesión /  Cambiar )

Google+ photo

Estás comentando usando tu cuenta de Google+. Cerrar sesión /  Cambiar )

Imagen de Twitter

Estás comentando usando tu cuenta de Twitter. Cerrar sesión /  Cambiar )

Foto de Facebook

Estás comentando usando tu cuenta de Facebook. Cerrar sesión /  Cambiar )


Conectando a %s