Shigeru Ban Takes His Relief Architecture to Ecuador

Shigeru ban visiting nepal after the country's 2015 earthquake
Shigeru Ban visiting Nepal after the country’s 2015 earthquake

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban is once more jumping into disaster-relief efforts. The cardboard-wielding starchitect traveled to Ecuador earlier this week, according to Dezeen, to provide architectural training and brainpower in the wake of the deadly earthquake April 16 earthquake, which has killed more than 650 people and displaced another 26,000 from their homes.

Ban is perhaps best known for designing emergency shelters and museums using widely available and recyclable materials including cardboard tubes and paper.

“I want to make a balance of working for the privileged people and working for the disaster,” Ban told Dezeen in 2014 after receiving the Pritzker. “And it’s becoming that there is no difference for me.”

The architect’s commitment to disaster relief efforts began in the 1990s and eventually led him to create the non-profit Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN), an NGO that deploys Ban’s designs around the world wherever they are needed, from Rwanda to Sri Lanka, Japan, Haiti, Nepal, and now Ecuador. […]

Aline Chahine
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Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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