Ban to continue focus on less privileged people

Pritzker Award winner's latest design helped homeless in Philippines

Pritzker Award winner Shigeru Ban.
Pritzker Award winner Shigeru Ban.

Pritzker Award winner Shigeru Ban said he wants to continue to work for less privileged people.

His latest design uses foam walls covered with fiberglass and will be set up in the Philippines, to help victims of the recent typhoon

“When I became an architect I was very disappointed about professional architects. Actually we are mostly working for privileged people, people with money and power,” said Ban.

Ban has spent the last two decades travelling to design low-cost housing and community buildings for hard-hit locations. He designed temporary housing made from cardboard tubes for the 2011 earthquake-tsunami victims in Japan and also victims of conflict in Africa.

Another famous work by Ban is a cathedral in earthquake-hit Christchurch, New Zealand, made with paper.

“I thought we can use our experience and knowledge to work for the public, even the people who lost their houses in natural disasters. That’s why I started doing this,” he said. 

His latest housing design, which uses foam walls covered with fiberglass, will be set up in the Philippines, to help people made homeless by the recent typhoon.  

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