The Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has been awarded the 2022 Princess of Asturias Award for Concord. His work is known for his work with plastic, wood, fabric, paper and, above all, recycled cardboard tubes.
Ban studied architecture in the United States and created the Shigeru Ban agency
His work includes the construction of private residences and emblematic buildings, projects that he has alternated with design solutions to house disaster victims. He is the author, among other buildings, of the Pompidou-Metz Center and won the prestigious Pritzker Prize, considered the Nobel Prize for Architecture, in 2014.
Ban (Tokyo, 1957) is an expert in the construction of shelters and temporary housing to deal with extreme and devastating situations caused by natural disasters. A pioneer in the eighties of environmental awareness and sustainability, he was also concerned with expanding the role of the architect, cooperating with governments, communities affected by some type of disaster, public organizations and philanthropists.
The jury of the Princess of Asturias Award for Concord has highlighted Shigeru Ban's solidarity contribution by providing shelter in decent conditions to people in precarious situations derived from social and natural emergencies or conflict situations.
In the opinion of the court, chaired by the Asturian chief executive, Adrián Barbón, the work of the Japanese architect, "always guided by humanitarian values and with the contribution of volunteers, offers an example of a sustainable architecture with the use of recycled materials that has deserved wide international recognition.
Shigeru Ban (Tokyo, 1957), known for using unusual materials such as paper or cardboard in his buildings and for his "solidarity architecture" for the homeless, is the founder of the NGO Voluntary Architects Network (VAN), with which he has built homes in disaster-affected areas in Haiti, Japan, China, India, Turkey, Italy, and the Philippines.
Each award is endowed with a reproduction of a sculpture designed by Joan Miró -the award's representative symbol-, a diploma, a badge and 50,000 euros.