Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban (b.1957), based in Japan, is a rising star among world-class architects.

Matilda McQuaid, with a foreword by Frei Otto


Price: USD$45.00



  • Shigeru Ban (b.1957), based in Japan, is a rising star among young, world-class architects
  • Documents 32 projects, including 15 new ones begun since 2001 in Japan, China, the US and France
  • Ban is renowned for experimental structures built with paper and paper tubes
  • A creator of 'green' architecture, Ban works with recyclable, affordable, natural materials
  • Unique design of book reflects Ban's experiments with paper
  • Includes technical data sections documenting Ban's original research

In The Press
'For all his experimentation, Ban is not simply a technician. He is just as interested in spatial concepts and social projects. It's this range and his lateral thinking that come across in the wonderful book, leaving one in no doubt that Ban, at only 46, is probably the most dazzling figure on Japan's architectural scene today.' (Royal Institute of British Architects Journal)

'Phaidon’s single architect monographs are a delectable way to take in an architect’s oeuvre, and this new book on Shigeru Ban is no exception.' (Wallpaper*)

'As a record of an important body of work, this book can be thoroughly recommended … elegantly designed … and beautifully printed. The range of projects is sufficiently varied to sustain coverage at this length.' (Building Design)

'The book also rightly presents Ban not simply as a Japanese architect but as a 'global architect'.' (AA (Architectural Association) Files)

'Handsome … an excellent introduction to the work of Ban … the colour reproductions of the buildings are excellent.' (Resurgence)

'This fittingly cardboard-covered monograph presents Ban’s extraordinary architecture as well as detailed technical data on the structural capabilities of various paper products. Ban’s material research is as impressive as his designs are sublime.' (The Architect’s Newspaper)

'This new monograph on Shigeru Ban’s oeuvre is a valuable reference for likeminded architects.' (Architecture)
'A volume … as straightforward and elegant as the thirty-two projects portrayed within.' (Journal of Architectural Education)

About the author(s)

Matilda McQuaid is Exhibitions Curator and Head of the Textiles Department at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, and until 2001, was Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She is the author of numerous essays on architecture, textiles and fibre art in journals and museum publications, including a contribution to Envisioning Architecture: Drawings from the Museum of Modern Art (Museum of Modern Art, 2002), which she also edited.

Frei Otto is an eminent architect based in Germany, who has pioneered research in lightweight membranes and innovative structures. He founded the Development Centre for Lightweight Construction in Berlin in 1957, which later became the Institute for Lightweight Structures in Stuttgart. He collaborated with Shigeru Ban on the Japan Pavilion for Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany.


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