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Shigeru Ban nabs Pritzker Prize with cardboard houses

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Architecture's highest honor rewards disaster-focused architect

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is the latest recipient of the Pritzker Prize, the most prestigious prize in all of architecture. What's stunning is the man built a portion of his work off of cardboard tubes.

Ban is well known in the architecture community for his work in disaster areas utilizing unusual building materials. Following the 2011 tsunami, he built homes out of shipping containers. After the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, he built temporary homes out of beer crates and sandbags. Heck, last year he built a church in New Zealand made out of cardboard tubes!

He told CNN, "For me there is no difference between monumental architecture and temporary structures in disaster areas. They give me the same kind of satisfaction." It's apparent in Ban's body of work, where a respect for the environment and a real dedication to victims of disaster are at the forefront of each project.

Ban is the second Japanese architect in a row to win the Pritzker Prize, after Toyo Ito won it last year. Check out the gallery below to see some of Ban's work.

[Images via ArchDaily]

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