MADRID (AP) — Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was named the winner of a prestigious Spanish award on Thursday for his pioneering work designing temporary shelters for people affected by natural disasters and armed conflict.
The jury that decides the Princess of Asturias Awards awarded Ban his Concord Prize for “providing shelter with dignity” to those in need of emergency assistance.
Ban is known for his innovative use of cardboard cores in construction. This durable and environmentally friendly material was used for Rwandan refugees in the 1990s and Ban became an adviser to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
“Continuously guided by humanitarian values and with the help of volunteers, his work is an example of sustainable architecture using recycled materials, which deserves international recognition,” said the jury of the Princess of Asturias in its quote.
The Concord Prize of 50,000 euros ($52,560) is one of eight awards, including for the arts, social sciences and sports, presented annually by a foundation named after Spain’s Crown Princess Leonor.
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