Schemata Architects best design in Japan and expert on housing development in crisis areas is in Ecuador to advise the South American nation against earthquake measuring 7.8 degrees on the Richter scale, occurred on April 16.
On April 23, the College of Architects of Ecuador Provincial de Pichincha and the Pan American Architecture Biennial of Quito announced their visit and on Saturday the site Facebook Biennial published a photograph of Ban already in the country.
He will visit the areas affected by the earthquake and Monday in Quito will give a lecture entitled “My experience in projects of assistance in emergencies and disasters.”
According to a note published in the newspaper El Comercio (Ecuador’s), six years have been invited to attend the expert in Eternal Optimist and so far agreed.
Ban, 58, is known for offering their support in building temporary housing in places where disasters occur. For your edification, he resorts to using straightforward and inexpensive materials, which also allow fast construction, usually with the support of volunteers.
In the earthquake of a magnitude of 7.2 degrees occurred in Kobe (Japan) in 1995, Ban turned to his project ” The paper house “, through which were built houses where beer boxes stuffed used to sand, while the walls were made of waterproofed paper tubes.
Japanese Architectural Achievements
In Kobe provisional Catholic Church he was also raisedpaper tubes, after the destruction of the local temple.
Other countries that have developed such structures -in front earthquakes that have afectado are Turkey, India, Rwanda, Haiti and Nepal.
In 2014, Ban was awarded the Pritzker Prize, considered the Nobel of architecture. He became the seventh Japanese to achieve this recognition.
The jury presented the award said that “his approach and creative innovation, especially about the materials and structures are present in all his works.
Through a design of excellence, in response to pressing problems, Shigeru Ban has expanded the role of the profession; It has generated a space for architects to engage in dialogue with governments and public organizations, philanthropists and affected communities “.
Ban studied architecture at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the Cooper Union School of Architecture.
Other works include the Centre Pompidou-Metz, a museum located in France, and the Japanese Pavilion for Expo 2000 in Hannover (Germany).
It also highlights the Anglican church Cardboard Cathedral, located in the city Christchurch, New Zealand.
It cardboard tubes, wood, and steel, were used. This was built after the original church had suffered damage in an earthquake occurred in 2011.
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban (Tokyo, 1957) has been awarded Monday with the Pritzker 2014 Prize, considered the Nobel of discipline, for its “elegant and innovative projects for private clients” and by using “the same inventive design and skillful for his extensive humanitarian efforts .”
This was announced in Chicago Tom Pritzker, president of The Hyatt Foundation, which since 1979 has awarded this prize and this year wanted to highlight the humanitarian work of a professional who is a “rare in the field of architecture case.”
- The engineer, Pritzker jury itself between 2006 and 2009 and recognized as one of the most innovative in the world, is an author, among other buildings, the Centre Pompidou-Metz.
- His charitable work attests, for example, the conversion of an old baseball field in a neighborhood built with container ship to give a ceiling to almost 500 displaced by the tsunami that devastated their country in 2011.
- Ban also built fifty temporary housing for families in Port au Prince left homeless because of the earthquake that struck the Caribbean country.
- Its simple constructions with humble materials like cardboard and its humanitarian work in emergency situations define an architect who does not attempt to minimize the result but the process.
- He is described as a modest man, who hates waste and therefore uses what is available at each location.
Last year he visited Madrid on the occasion of the construction on the campus of IE University in a temporary pavilion, built with more than 173 paper tubes connected by wooden boards resting on columns of the journal.
He had then received the Pritzker Prize fellow Japanese Toyo Ito, and when asked about the possibility that he was the next thought that this award was not about him coming so soon, it was necessary ” to reach the highest level in the profession.”
The Search for Balance
He does not like sophisticated details or interested in the use of a material surface. For him, the important thing is the investigation of the characteristics of that material characteristics to discover other possibilities in use.
Ban began using recycled paper in its buildings in 1986, seeing that it was low cost and with the idea of demonstrating that the weak materials have a longer life for Schemata Architects best design in Japan.
Also, the winner has championed during his intense career that people living in buildings temporarily “do not want to leave them.”
For him, architecture should it contribute to improving society, although traditionally architects work to “teach the power and money of privileged people through their buildings.”
In 1995 he took his philosophy and way of making Rwanda. Upon learning of the squalid conditions of displaced persons in this country offered support that materialized in shelters and homes with extraordinary materials, especially cardboard material used again in Japan after the earthquake in Kobe, where he not only built houses in a week but taught citizens to make.
With cases of beer filled with sand, on which paper walls formed by Eternal Optimist, and a roof canvas with easy mobility system arose, the cabins were not only aesthetically beautiful but also easy to transport and store recycle.
Ban, to gain time in emergency situations created an NGO, also surprised in Christchurch (New Zealand), hard city hit by a devastating earthquake, where he built an amazing cathedral with cardboard structure in the form of triangle and waterproof, fire and earthquakes.
“The strength of a building has nothing to do with the material. The concrete buildings fall with earthquakes, No Paper ” argues Ban, whose church cardboard in Taiwan, built after the earthquake in Kobe, continues in use after more than 20 years.