Shigeru Ban (坂 茂 ) is a Japanese architect, known for his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard tubes used to quickly and efficiently house disaster victims. He was profiled by Time magazine in their projection of 21st century innovators in the field of architecture and design.
In 2014, Ban was named the 37th recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the most prestigious prize in modern architecture. The Pritzker Jury cited Ban for his innovative use of material and his dedication to humanitarian efforts around the world, calling him “a committed teacher who is not only a role model for younger generation, but also an inspiration.”
HOUSE VISION considers the house as an intersection between industries, which makes it the ideal platform on which to project ideas about the future. Taking the house as the starting point reveals potential solutions for many issues, including energy, communications, mobility, the aging society, the relationship between urban and rural, and the preservation of traditional land use systems such as satoyama areas and terraced rice fields.
The theme for HOUSE VISION 2 2016 Tokyo is “CO-DIVIDUAL—Split and Connect/Separate and Come Together.” It addresses the question of how we can bring together and re-connect individuals, urban and rural areas, and fragmented technologies. The resulting exhibition in Tokyo presents proposals for solutions in the form of ideas associated with the house.