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Pritzker Prize winner Shigeru Ban is bringing a revolution to architecture

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Shigeru Ban in Haiti after the 2011 earthquake
Shigeru Ban in Haiti after the 2011 earthquake
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In winning the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, architect Shigeru Ban has won a victory for the kind of architecture that brings sustainability and the social good to the fore. Famous primarily for his work with paper products — like his cardboard cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, for example — Ban has long worked in regions like Port-au-Prince, Haiti that would otherwise be ignored by conventional architects, creating art out of materials that better serve the local community. The New Republic has taken a look at some of Ban's most famous works from over the years. Given the Pritzker Prize's prestige, Ban will become an even bigger inspiration to the next generation of architects.