In 1994, after seeing photographs of the plastic sheets given to Rwandan refugees to live under, Shigeru Ban went to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to propose ideas for better shelters. Since then, Ban has been critically heralded for his innovative approaches to environmentally sound architecture and his devotion to humanitarian efforts in the wake of devastating natural and man-made disasters. His works have restored shelter and gathering places, offering comfort, protection and dignity to stricken communities around the world. This important volume is the first book-length study to collect, catalogue and examine these works. Essays and discussions of individual projects, drawings in the artists hand, instruction manuals, diverse photographs and a timeline and map make an essential compendium for the most personal and relevant aspect of Bans work. The book is a major contribution to the broad subjects of humanitarian relief and sustainable design solutions, and provides an inspiring testament to Bans ongoing dedication to our planet and its people.
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