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Dec 21, 2013

Japanese Who Builds Temporary Housing with Paper Greatly Impresses Foreigners as “World’s Coolest Man” – Wonderful Video -

Japanese Who Builds Temporary Housing 
with Paper Greatly Impresses Foreigners as “World’s Coolest Man” 
– Wonderful Video -

I would like you to see this wonderful video.

Masatoshi Takeshita
December 11, 2013

English translation of an excerpt from a Japanese article: Pandora’s Gloom – December 9, 2013 –

Japanese who Builds Temporary Housing with Paper Greatly Impresses Foreigners as “World’s Coolest Man”

Mr. Shigeru Ban is one of architects representing Japan, who has globally worked on various projects to support refugees or disaster victims by building temporary housing with the use of various materials including paper (paper tubes).
He was awarded the Order of Arts and Letters in France in 2011.
He is highly regarded overseas, too.

The video is about a lecture he gave.
He speaks fluently in English with good humor about how he got to use paper tubes as building material, how he feels conflicted as an architect who is forced to work for some people with money or power, what motivated him to work in afflicted areas & specific contents of activities, and how architecture philosophy arose through such activities and so on.

# Wonderful! It is really wonderful to see an architect design for ordinary people. U.S.A.

# I think it’s a simple but very splendid idea. Mexico

# I cannot help loving this man. Australia

# I want people around the world to find time to see this video, which has a power to change people’s idea on poverty.
When I get older, would you make it for me, too?
I’d like to give heartfelt thanks to you. South Africa

# This guy is wonderful. He has a sense of humor and does his best to help people. Canada

# He not only has a personal magnetism but also has created beautiful buildings. Holland

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