Shigeru Ban speaking event – “Works and Humanitarian Activities”, the George hotel, Christchurch, 23 February 2014 – Presented with support from the Asia New Zealand Foundation.
Kicking off the 2014 events for the yJNZBC and the start of the Asia New Zealand Foundation 20 Year Anniversary Speaking Series, renowned architect, Shigeru Ban, gave a captivating retrospective presentation of his architectural works focusing on his use paper and his humanitarian efforts at the George Hotel, Christchurch.
Mr Ban’s major works include the Centre Pompidou-Metz in France, the Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture Temporary Pavilion in Moscow, the Aspen Art Museum in the USA, and the Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch.
Mr Ban splits his practice between commissioned architecture work and disaster relief projects. His most famous disaster relief work includes the design of efficient shelters for survivors of natural and human disasters in Rwanda, China, Haiti, Turkey, and Japan. This work is conducted via Mr Ban’s architecture practice’s charitable NGO which is in turn supported by his speaking engagements and other fundraising.
Mr Ban is currently fundraising for repairs required for the Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral ahead of a planned 2014 visit by Prince William, Duke of Cambridge. Anyone wishing to donate to Mr Ban’s fundraising efforts can make contact via his website www.shigerubanarchitects.com.
A Christchurch City Council staff member instigated the Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral project when he emailed Mr Ban after seeing his Kobe PAPER CHURCH in the Urbis design magazine.
Asia New Zealand Foundation Executive Director John McKinnon introduced the one-hour lecture. The free entry event was oversubscribed and included a number of local architects in the audience. Following a Q&A session, yJNZBC Deputy Chair Frances Yamada provided a closing address thanking Mr Ban .