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Architect Shigeru Ban works with an interesting material.  It’s paper,  certainly not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about building materials.  It’s comparatively weak to modern building materials, it’s not fireproof, and certainly not waterproof, so why? It’s cheap, easy to build, produces little to no waste and is easily accessible, reasons Shigeru Ban.
http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com/
http://www.time.com/time/innovators/design/profile_ban.html

Paper Tea House
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Japan Pavilion
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“A gridshell is a structure which derives its strength from its double curvature (in the same way that a fabric structure derives strength from double curvature), but is constructed of a grid or lattice.

The grid can be made of any material, but is most often wood (similar to garden trellis) or steel.”

“Gridshell.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. 23 Nov 2008, 19:47 UTC. 6 Mar 2009 <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Gridshell&oldid=253644144>

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Architect Shigeru Ban works with an interesting material.  It’s paper,  certainly not the first thing that comes to mind when one thinks about building materials.  It’s comparatively weak to modern building materials, it’s not fireproof, and certainly now waterproof, so why?  It’s cheap, easy to build, produces little to no waste and is easily accessible, reasons Shigeru Ban.