Rising architecture star Shigeru Ban designs and builds graceful structures using organic materials such as paper tubes, bamboo, and engineered wood. He has designed projects at both ends of the client spectrum, from one-room temporary houses for earthquake refugees to private seaside and urban villas, and has won widespread praise for his humanitarian efforts and innovative use of recyclable, affordable materials as well as for his poetic architectural style. This book, designed in collaboration with the architect, presents his projects in sections - paper, wood, bamboo, prefabrication, and skin - that delineate the major themes of his work, accompanied by technical information that documents Ban's pioneering tests on these materials.
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Matilda McQuaid is Exhibitions Curator and Head of the Textiles Department at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, and until 2001, was Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She is the author of numerous essays on architecture, textiles and fibre art in journals and museum publications, including a contribution to Envisioning Architecture: Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art (Museum of Modern Art, 2002), which she also edited. Frei Otto is an eminent architect based in Germany, who has pioneered research in lightweight membranes and innovative structures. He founded the Development Centre for Lightweight Construction in Berlin in 1957, which later became the Institute for Lightweight Structures in Stuttgart. He collaborated with Shigeru Ban on the Japan Pavilion for Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany.Review:
"For all his experimentation, Ban is not simply a technician. He is just as interested in spatial concepts and social projects. It's this range and his lateral thinking that come across in the wonderful book, leaving one in no doubt that Ban, at only 46, is probably the most dazzling figure on Japan's architectural scene today."-(Royal Institute of British Architects Journal "Phaidon's single architect monographs are a delectable way to take in an architect's oeuvre, and this new book on Shigeru Ban is no exception."-Wallpaper* "As a record of an important body of work, this book can be thoroughly recommended ... elegantly designed ... and beautifully printed. The range of projects is sufficiently varied to sustain coverage at this length."-Building Design "The book also rightly presents Ban not simply as a Japanese architect but as a 'global architect'."-AA (Architectural Association) Files "Handsome... An excellent introduction to the work of Ban... The colour reproductions of the buildings are excellent."-Resurgence "This fittingly cardboard-covered monograph presents Ban's extraordinary architecture as well as detailed technical data on the structural capabilities of various paper products. Ban's material research is as impressive as his designs are sublime."-The Architect's Newspaper "This new monograph on Shigeru Ban's oeuvre is a valuable reference for likeminded architects."-Architecture "A volume... As straightforward and elegant as the thirty-two projects portrayed within"-Journal of Architectural Education
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