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“I was disappointed in my profession,” says architect Shigeru Ban in today’s talk, which he gave at TEDxTokyo in May. As far as he’s concerned, architecture has lost its way. [ted_talkteaser id=1809]”We are working for privileged people, for rich people, for government and developers. They have money and power, and those are invisible, so they hire us to visualize their power and money by making monuments of architecture.” Ban, instead, has committed himself to creating buildings that can truly be useful — whether or not they’re permanent fixtures on a horizon.

Ban first began experimenting with constructing buildings from paper tubes in 1986, and he’s continued to test new ideas of form and material ever since. For Ban, good architecture must answer questions of utility and sustainability even as it delights with aesthetics. Somewhat surprisingly, given the apparently transient nature of so many of his chosen materials, his buildings…

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” Bir sure, insanlarin kendilerini verdikleri degisik ugrasilari tartip bictim ve iclerinden en iyisini secmeye calistim. Ama bu isi yaparken ne gibi dusuncelere vardigimi burada anlatmam gerekmiyor: kendi payima, hicbir sey kendi amacima siki sikiya bagli kalmaktan daha iyi gorunmedi gozume, yani: butun omrumu, aklimi egitmek ve hakikatin izlerini, kendime sectigim yontem ve bicimle aramak icin kullanmaktan. Cunku bu yolda giderken tadina bakmaya basladigim meyveler, kanimca bu yasamda daha hosu, daha masumu bulunamayacak turdendiler; ayrica, bu inceleme tarzindan yararlandigimdan bu yana, her gun, hep bir onemi olan ve kesinlikle herkesin bilmedigi yeni bir sey kesfettim. Sonunda ruhumu oyle bir mutluluk kapladi ki, oteki tum seyler ona hicbir aci veremezdi.” 

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