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Shigeru Ban on His Refugee Relief Actions

No sooner did the architect see the crisis of Ukrainian refugees than he set off for Chelm, Poland, to organize a team for building refugee shelters in that city as well as in Lviv, Ukraine. The action quickly spread to several other locations in Europe. Ban tells us why his system is needed for disaster relief, and more.
Shigeru Ban interviewed by Mohsen Mostafavi
  • Shigeru Ban is an architect practicing worldwide from his offices in Tokyo, Paris, and New York. His architectural design is acclaimed for the innovative use of materials, both natural and factory made. He is also known for his ongoing efforts in sheltering disaster victims and refugees, having launched the Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) in 1995 to develop a system for sheltering the civil war refugees of Rwanda. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Pritzker Prize, he was appointed a member of the High-Level Roundtable for New European Bauhaus, an initiative of the EU, in 2021.