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Meet the extraordinary man who has been called "the architect of the people" and the first man to use paper as a building structure material, Shigeru Ban. He is the founder of Voluntary Architects' Network (VAN). He built refugee homes in Rwanda and evacuation homes in Japan and China and also helped built churches and schools to aid victims of natural disasters. "Paper buildings cannot be destroyed by earthquakes." Shigeru Ban http://www.thextraordinary.org/shigeru-ban

Meet the extraordinary man who has been called "the architect of the people" and the first man to use paper as a building structure material, Shigeru Ban. He is the founder of Voluntary Architects' Network (VAN). He built refugee homes in Rwanda and evacuation homes in Japan and China and also helped built churches and schools to aid victims of natural disasters. "Paper buildings cannot be destroyed by earthquakes." Shigeru Ban http://www.thextraordinary.org/shigeru-ban

Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museumby Kengo Kuma and Associates This bridge and museum is supported by 180 mm by 300 mm (7 inches by 11.8 inches) laminated timbers. The interlocking horizontals are supported by a single column in the middle and become progressively longer across the 47 meter (154 feet) span.

Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museumby Kengo Kuma and Associates This bridge and museum is supported by 180 mm by 300 mm (7 inches by 11.8 inches) laminated timbers. The interlocking horizontals are supported by a single column in the middle and become progressively longer across the 47 meter (154 feet) span.

The shigeru ban in metz, france is sheer awesomeness. For more architecture to drool over go to Risingbarn.com & see our structures.

The shigeru ban in metz, france is sheer awesomeness. For more architecture to drool over go to Risingbarn.com & see our structures.

Meet the extraordinary man who has been called "the architect of the people" and the first man to use paper as a building structure material, Shigeru Ban. He is the founder of Voluntary Architects' Network (VAN). He built refugee homes in Rwanda and evacuation homes in Japan and China and also helped built churches and schools to aid victims of natural disasters. "Paper buildings cannot be destroyed by earthquakes." Shigeru Ban http://www.thextraordinary.org/shigeru-ban

Meet the extraordinary man who has been called "the architect of the people" and the first man to use paper as a building structure material, Shigeru Ban. He is the founder of Voluntary Architects' Network (VAN). He built refugee homes in Rwanda and evacuation homes in Japan and China and also helped built churches and schools to aid victims of natural disasters. "Paper buildings cannot be destroyed by earthquakes." Shigeru Ban http://www.thextraordinary.org/shigeru-ban

A network of columns and arches frame this toy shop and cafe inside a retail development in Beijing.

A network of columns and arches frame this toy shop and cafe inside a retail development in Beijing.