About the Exhibitor
Exhibition Concept
What is something that can only be shown through the format of an architecture exhibition? There is no point to plan an exhibition if it does not present information that cannot be conveyed through print media, such as magazines and books, or through the real buildings themselves. Of course, completion models can only be shown in exhibitions, but it is infinitely more meaningful to look at the actual built buildings than their models. Whereas the design process can be shown in print media, the construction process can be presented uniquely in an exhibition in a way that it cannot be perceived once a building has been completed.

In the first exhibition space, we will show the full process leading up to the completion of the La Seine Musicale, a music complex that is currently being built near Paris and will be opening to the public in the spring of 2017. This project is located on the western tip of Seguin Island, which is situated to the west of Paris in the section of the Seine that flows through the commune of Boulogne-Billancourt. The island remained abandoned since the Renault factory that occupied it was closed in 1992. In 1999, the Pinault Foundation proposed to build a museum on it, but the project fell through. Jean Nouvel later developed a master plan for the entire island, and a PFI competition was held to design a music complex on the former site of the Pinault Foundation's project. In April 2013, we emerged as the winners at the end of the one-and-a-half-year competition period. In this exhibition, we will make use of mockups and videos to illustrate the project's design and construction process that has spanned six years from competition to completion.

In the other exhibition spaces, we will present the design, development, and construction process of ongoing projects such as the Watch Company Headquarters in Switzerland, Tainan Museum of Fine Arts, Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center, Taketa City Kurhaus, Yufu City Tourist Information Center, Team 7 World, and Keio University Paper Honeycomb Dome, Kumamoto Wooden Prefabricated Housing, and Nepal Reconstruction Project through displaying mockups of their wood and paper structures.
Shigeru Ban
Exhibitor Profile
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Shigeru Ban
Born 1957 in Tokyo, Japan. Graduated from the Cooper Union in 1984. Worked at Arata Isozaki Atelier from 1982 to 1983. Established Ban Shigeru Architects in 1985. Consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) from 1995 to 1999. Founded a disaster relief organization, the Voluntary Architects' Network (VAN), in 1995. Notable works include the Curtain Wall House (1995), Japan Pavilion at the Hannover Expo (2000), Nicolas G. Hayek Center (2007), Centre Pompidou-Metz (2010), and Oita Prefectural Art Museum OPAM(2014). Awards include the Gold Medal of the France Academy of Architecture (2004), Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture (2005), Prize for Design of the Architectural Institute of Japan (2009), Honorary PhD from the Technical University of Munich (2009), Officer of the French National Order of Merit (2010), Auguste Perret Prize (2011), Prize of the Japan Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (2012), Pritzker Architecture Prize (2014), Commander of the French National Order of Merit (2014), Asahi Prize (2015), and Japan Institute of Architects Grand Prix (2016). Professor of the Faculty of Environment and Information Studies at Keio University from 2001 to 2008. Visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Cornell University in 2010. Professor at the Kyoto University of Art & Design since 2011. Distinguished visiting professor at the Keio University Faculty of Environment and Information Studies since 2015.