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Spotlight: Shigeru Ban

08:00 - 5 August, 2018
Spotlight: Shigeru Ban, Aspen Art Museum. Image © Michael Moran
Aspen Art Museum. Image © Michael Moran

Shigeru Ban (born August 5th 1957) is a Japanese architect who won the 2014 Pritzker Prize for his significant contributions in architectural innovation and philanthropy. His ability to re-apply conventional knowledge in differing contexts has resulted in a breadth of work that is characterized by structural sophistication and unconventional techniques and materials. Ban has used these innovations not only to create beautiful architecture but as a tool to help those in need, by creating fast, economical, and sustainable housing solutions for the homeless and the displaced. As the Pritzker jury cites: “Shigeru Ban is a tireless architect whose work exudes optimism.”

Nine Bridges Country Club. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai Oita Prefectural Art Museum. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai La Seine Musicale. Image © Boegly + Grazia photographers Curtain Wall House. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai + 17

Water Park Aqualagon / Jacques Ferrier Architecture

05:00 - 24 June, 2018
Water Park Aqualagon / Jacques Ferrier Architecture, © Didier Boy De La Tour
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© Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly © Luc Boegly + 26

Top Global Destinations On The Rise According to TripAdvisor

08:00 - 4 February, 2018
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TripAdvisor announced the World’s Top Destinations “on the rise” according to the 2018 Travelers’ Choice awards. According to TripAdvisor, the winning cities are based on millions of comments posted on the site each year. They also look for cities with an increase in search traffic and user interest to make reservations.

This years list includes ten cities. Keep reading to find out which ten cities were chosen by TripAdvisor world travelers:

Lorient Multimodal Hub / AREP

05:00 - 24 December, 2017
Lorient Multimodal Hub / AREP, © Didier Boy de la Tour
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  • Architects

  • Location

    France
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Etienne Tricaud, Jean-Marie Duthilleul, François Bonnefille, Olivier Boissonnet
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour / Architecture Patrick Mauger

05:00 - 1 November, 2016
University of Pau and Pays de l’Adour / Architecture Patrick Mauger, © Didier Boy de la Tour
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Secrétan Covered Market / Architecture Patrick Mauger

11:00 - 31 August, 2016
Secrétan Covered Market / Architecture Patrick Mauger, © Didier Boy de la Tour
© Didier Boy de la Tour

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Casa-Port Railway Station / AREP + Groupe3 Architectes

09:00 - 24 June, 2015
Casa-Port Railway Station / AREP + Groupe3 Architectes, © Didier Boy de La Tour
© Didier Boy de La Tour

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Material Masters: Shigeru Ban's Work With Wood

00:00 - 2 December, 2014
Material Masters: Shigeru Ban's Work With Wood

To celebrate the first anniversary of our US Materials Catalog, this week ArchDaily is presenting a three-part series on "Material Masters," showing how certain materials have helped to inspire some of the world's greatest architects.

Shigeru Ban’s portfolio is a strange dichotomy, split between shelters for natural disaster refugees and museums commissioned by wealthy patrons of the arts. Even stranger is the fact that, in both cases, Ban’s material palette frequently incorporates recycled cardboard, paper, and old beer crates. The Pritzker prize laureate is unique in this regard, and so great is his predilection for recycled paper tubes (originally formwork for concrete columns), that he has become known as the “Paper Architect.” His work receives media attention worldwide for the unorthodoxy of its construction materials. Yet Shigeru Ban is not concerned with unorthodoxy, but with economy. It is for this reason that, when paper tubes are deemed unsuitable, Shigeru Ban constructs his buildings in wood. Inspired by the architectural tradition of his native Japan, Ban is not only the "Paper Architect," but also one of the most famous architects working in wood today.

Nievre's Departmental Archives / Architecture Patrick Mauger

01:00 - 4 July, 2014
Nievre's Departmental Archives / Architecture Patrick Mauger, © Didier Boy de la Tour
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Le Quai des Arts in Argentan / Architecture Patrick Mauger

01:00 - 27 June, 2014
© Didier Boy de la Tour
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Why Tall Wooden Buildings are On the Rise: An Interview with Perkins+Will's Wood Expert

00:00 - 25 June, 2014
Why Tall Wooden Buildings are On the Rise: An Interview with Perkins+Will's Wood Expert, IZM Building / Architekten Hermann Kaufmann - Germany. Image © Norman A. Müller
IZM Building / Architekten Hermann Kaufmann - Germany. Image © Norman A. Müller

Material Minds, presented by ArchDaily Materials, is our new series of short interviews with architects, designers, scientists, and others who use architectural materials in innovative ways. Enjoy!

Wood. The United States is the largest producer of the natural resource in the world. But yet we rarely see it in commercial, high-rise construction. So we asked a wood expert -- Rebecca Holt at Perkins+Will, an analyst for reThink Wood's recent Tall Wood Survey -- to tell us about its potential benefits.

AD: Why is wood a material architects should use in taller buildings?

There are lots of reasons to consider wood – first it has a lower environmental impact than other traditional choices like concrete and steel. Wood is the only major building material that is made the by sun and is completely renewable.

Ten Buildings Pushing The Boundaries of Wood

01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Perkins + Will UBC Earth Sciences Building. Image © Martin Tessler
Perkins + Will UBC Earth Sciences Building. Image © Martin Tessler

Wood is the ultimate material - it's renewable, sequesters carbon and more importantly, it's buildable. Nevertheless wood is rarely used in tall, vertical construction. Now reThink wood has come out with their Tall Wood Survey (available in full on their website), which surveyed over 50 wood experts to explore three main areas in which wood is usually questioned: financing, insurance and performance. But beyond discussing the pros and cons of wood, the survey also highlights 10 projects that show how wood products are being used in ways you never thought existed. See all ten innovative projects, after the break.

Centre Pompidou-Metz / Shigeru Ban Architects

01:00 - 27 March, 2014
Centre Pompidou-Metz / Shigeru Ban Architects, © Didier Boy De La Tour
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15 Things You Didn't Know About Shigeru Ban

01:00 - 24 March, 2014
15 Things You Didn't Know About Shigeru Ban, Left, Image of Shigeru Ban © Flickr User VisiOkrOniK. Right, from top to bottom, Ban's Temporary Paper Studio (© Didier Boy de la Tour), the Japan Pavilion for the Hanover Exhibition 2000 (© Hiroyuki Hirai), and his design for 'Architecture for Dogs' (© Hiroshi Yoda). Used under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/'>Creative Commons</a>
Left, Image of Shigeru Ban © Flickr User VisiOkrOniK. Right, from top to bottom, Ban's Temporary Paper Studio (© Didier Boy de la Tour), the Japan Pavilion for the Hanover Exhibition 2000 (© Hiroyuki Hirai), and his design for 'Architecture for Dogs' (© Hiroshi Yoda). Used under Creative Commons

You probably know by now that Shigeru Ban has won this year's Pritzker Prize, but did you know he almost went to university to play rugby? Or that he constructed his home without pulling down a single tree? These and many more fun facts on the 38th Pritzker laureate, after the break.

A Selection of Shigeru Ban's Best Work

01:00 - 24 March, 2014
Nine Bridges Golf Club. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai
Nine Bridges Golf Club. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai

Explore the architectural development of Pritzker Laureate Shigeru Ban - from his early, more minimalist residential work in the 90s to his experimental, undulating structures (2010's Pompidou Metz, Nine Bridges Golf Club) to his latest masterpiece in timber construction, Tamedia New Office Building (2013).

Paper Temporary Studio. Image © Didier Boy de la Tour Curtain Wall House. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai Centre Pompidou Metz. Image © Didier Boy de la Tour Nicolas G Hayek Center. Image © Hiroyuki Hirai + 28

Tamedia Office Building / Shigeru Ban Architects

06:00 - 24 February, 2014
Tamedia Office Building / Shigeru Ban Architects, © Didier Boy de la Tour
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Mont de Marsan Mediatheque / archi5

06:00 - 21 February, 2014
Mont de Marsan Mediatheque / archi5, © Didier Boy de la Tour
© Didier Boy de la Tour

Courtesy of Communauté d’agglomération du Marsan © Gaston F. Bergeret © Didier Boy de la Tour © Gaston F. Bergeret + 14

'Shigeru Ban – Architecture and Humanitarian Activities' Exhibition

00:00 - 6 April, 2013
'Shigeru Ban – Architecture and Humanitarian Activities' Exhibition, Centre Pompidou-Metz / © idier Boy de la Tour
Centre Pompidou-Metz / © idier Boy de la Tour

Currently taking place at the Art Tower Mito's Contemporary Art Gallery and Plaza until May 12, the 'Shigeru Ban – Architecture and Humanitarian Activities' exhibition is the architect's largest exhibition and encourages visitors to think about the architect's role in society. From his early works and a pioneering new architectural material to an ongoing disaster project, the exhibition explores the diverse activities and achievements of the architect as well as his vision and spirit to challenge social issues and disasters. Featuring architectural models, mock-ups, photographs, videos of his major and important works, and furniture, Ban is known for his innovative work constructed by developing or applying building materials from objects already existing in our everyday lives. For more information, please visit here.