Architecture and Humanitarian Activities

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Centre Pompidou-Metz © Courtesy of Didier Boy de la Tour & Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Architecture and Humanitarian Activities

1-6-8 Goken-cho
310-0063 Mito-shi
March 2nd, 2013 - May 12th, 2013
Opening: March 2nd, 2013 9:30 AM - 6:00 PM

Tue-Sun 9:30-6


One of the most important Japanese architects, Shigeru Ban's recent projects range from Center Pompidou-Metz in France, and Musee du Luxembourg in Luxembourg, to Garage Center for Contemporary Culture Temporary Pavilion in Moscow, and Aspen Art Museum in the USA.
He is also known with developing new building material. However, Ban's activities are not limited only to his coperate practice. He has dedicated for nearly two decades to his Disaster Relief Project all over the world. He has designed and provided shelters for refugee and disaster victims in Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Haiti, China, Italy, Rwanda, and New Zealand. The project includes management of volunteer architects.

As the first full scale Exhibition of Shigeru Ban, this exhibition presents his work and activity inclusively. From his early works and a pioneering new architectural material to an ongoing disaster project, the exhibition‘Shigeru Ban’explores the diverse activities and achievement of the architect as well as his vision and spirit to challenge social issues and disasters. The exhibition features architectural models, mock ups, photographs, videos of his major and important works, furniture, installation and never-before-shown architectural plans.

Profile of Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban, born in Tokyo in 1957, attended at Southern California Institute of Architecture and graduated from Cooper Union School of Architecture in 1984.
In 1985, he established Shigeru Ban Architects, a private practice in Tokyo. In 1995, He started working as a consultant of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and at the same time established Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) in 1995. Professor of Kyoto University of Art and Design from 2011.
Renowned for his works with innovative ideas such as “Curtain Wall House”, “Japan Pavilion Hannover EXPO 2000”, “Nicolas G. Hayek Center”, “Centre Pompidou-Metz”, he is today based in his three offices at Tokyo, New York and Paris. Meanwhile, he contributes his knowledge, skills and energy for the disaster relief projects such as Paper Log House (Kobe of Japan 1995, Turkey 2000, India 2002), Paper Church (Kobe,1995), Temporary Elementary School (Chengdu, China 2008) and Container Temporary Housing (Onagawa, Japan 2011)