The top architect of Japan unveiled on April 2 his latest social housing project: he will build comfortable and economical housing made from foam walls covered with fiberglass. Shigeru Ban wants his first factory for these new models to be set up in the Philippines, where thousands were displaced by a series of natural calamities last year. Ban was awarded the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize last week for his work using cardboard to make temporary housing for refugees and disaster victims. Ban, who works in disaster zones and with private clients, has spent about two decades traveling the world to help design low-cost but dignified housing and community buildings in hard-hit areas.
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