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Respected as one of the top architects of his country, Shigeru Ban is renowned for his use of poor materials such as cardboard and bamboo which he employs to create temporary tensile structures used in relief efforts of disasters and emergency situations.
Shigeru Ban is a Japanese architect known for his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard tubes which he has used to quickly and efficiently house disaster victims. He was profiled by Time magazine in their projection of 21st century innovators for the field of architecture and design. In 2014, Ban was named the 37th recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, one of the most prestigious prizes in modern architecture. The Pritzker Jury presented him the prize on account of his innovative use of material and his dedication to humanitarian efforts around the world, citing him as "a committed teacher who is not only a role model for the younger generation, but also an inspiration."