Japan's archstar Shigeru Ban in Camerino

Pritzker winner specializes in post-disaster reconstruction

(ANSA) - Macerata, November 4 - Pritzker-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, known for his innovative work with paper and recycled cardboard tubes to quickly and efficiently house disaster victims, visited the quake-stricken town of Camerino in central Italy on Friday.
    The world-renowned architect has placed himself at the service of the central Italian mountain town, which is home to a university that was founded in the Middle Ages as well as a number of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque churches, palaces, and castles.
    "His presence in Camerino means our emergency situation has not at all been underestimated," said Camerino Mayor Gianluca Pasqui.
    "It means the eyes of the world of architecture and design are on our city".
    Ban designed refugee camps in the African country of Rwanda as well as housing for earthquake victims in Japan (1995) and Turkey (1999), and for a Sri Lanka fishing village that was swept away by a 2004 tsunami. He also designed the Paper Concert Hall in the central Italian city of L'Aquila after a 2009 quake.
   

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