LDB Forum

LDB Forum: Shigeru Ban - Discovering the humanitarian project 'Paper Sanctuary'

6 Jun 2023 11:00 - 12:00 King's College London, access via the River Terrace

From 11:00- 12:00 at the Edmond J. Safra Lecture Theatre, King's College London, access via the River Terrace, Somerset House.

Renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban will be presenting the ‘Paper Partition System’, the essential building block of the Humanitarian Pavilion at London Design Biennale 2023.

The Humanitarian Pavilion is a simple yet powerful shelter, composed of humble materials. “Being humble is very important, not only as an architect but as a human being,” says the Japanese architect.

Easy to assemble, the nomadic system allows for rapid deployment across numerous sites, and since March 2022 Ban and his NGO “VAN” (Voluntary Architects’ Network) have installed it in schools and gymnasiums in Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia and France.

The Humanitarian Pavilion marks a collaboration with Ukrainian-born poet, novelist and literary translator Svetlana Lavochkina, Berlin photographer Vincent Haiges, and Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, now a war refugee in Berlin himself.

As the first Humanitarian Pavilion at London Design Biennale, there is an opportunity to raise funds to further develop this project.

To make LDB Forum at King's College London accessible to a wider audience, the first 100 tickets will be FREE.

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