Target: World famous architect Shigeru Ban
Goal: Applaud Shigeru Ban for his environmentally conscientious and humanitarian-driven architecture
World renowned architect Shigeru Ban’s primary focus is to build temporary housing structures in post-disaster areas. Ban is famous for building with recycled cardboard tube that he claims is very easy to waterproof and fireproof. When he first began experimenting with the building material in 1986, he was amazed at just how strong it really was. Besides providing an affordable and contemporary design, Ban’s main goal for this cardboard tubing is to offer an easy way to demolish and reuse the building material.
Ban has a long career history of building quick and easy-to-construct emergency shelters for many countries struck by natural disasters such as Haiti, Japan, and Rwanda. Most of his structures are meant to be temporary, however many are still being used today because of their modern and clean aesthetic beauty.
Shigeru Ban believes that many architects’ work focus only on designs for privileged people, to show off their wealth and power. He urges more architects to start building for society as a whole, such as he has done for so many years with designing prefabricated homes, pavilions, museums, and churches. Shigeru Ban’s most recent project was to build a temporary cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, after the February 2011 earthquake that ravaged and destroyed much of the beloved gothic-style cathedral. Shigeru Ban has just recently completed the project, dubbing the structure as the ‘Cardboard Cathedral’, providing many of the Christchurch citizens a place for worship and community activities that can once again provide some revenue for the city while they determine whether or not to rebuild the remnants of the cathedral.
By signing the petition below, you will help show your appreciation of Shigeru Ban’s ecological, economical, and society-driven architectural design. We should urge other architects to begin shifting their mindsets from large, extravagant, and costly projects to more sustainable, practical, and still beautiful designs during a time when we need it most.
Dear Mr. Shigeru Ban,
I would like to take the time to applaud your efforts in pushing the envelope of architectural design. The amount of selflessness that goes into your work is truly amazing. Architects from all over the world should begin changing their focus from costly, purposeless design that please the privileged, to more sustainable, environmentally friendly designs. There are many cities and neighborhoods in the United States that are being destroyed due to an unstable economy and natural disasters that could benefit greatly from simplistic, affordable designs similar to yours. Thank you for your admirable contributions to our world.
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