Taking simple materials, including paper and cardboard, and creating life-changing structures for people impacted by natural disasters is what Shigeru Ban is known for doing best. The Cardboard Cathedral, opened to the public in August 2013 and designed pro bono is his most famous work yet. Here is a statement from the Pritzker Jury 2014, justifying the prize: “Shigeru Ban is a tireless architect whose work exudes optimism. Where others may see insurmountable challenges, Ban sees a call to action. Where others might take a tested path, he sees the opportunity to innovate. He is a committed teacher who is not only a role model for younger generation, but also an inspiration.” How would you comment on this year’s Pritzker Prize nominees and winners?
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