The Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is the 2014 winner of the Pritzker prize, architecture’s Nobel prize. Ban is well known for museums and other architectural icons across the world, but is also well-known for making temporary housing out of materials like paper tubes and plastic beer crates. He received the Pritzker prize largely because of his work designing shelters after natural disasters in places like Rwanda, Turkey, India, China, Haiti and Japan.
Temporary houses and a temple that he designed and built from recycled paper after an earthquake in Kobe, Japan in 1995 is still in use today. He also designed a cathedral from paper in Christchurch, Nieu Zeeland after an earthquake destroyed much of the city.
Ban works in the architectural traditions of Buckminster Fuller, Oscar Niemeyer, Alvar Aalto and traditional Japanese architecture.