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Don't Try to Create Architecture : Toshiaki Ban at TEDxSannomiya

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Toshiaki Ban - Architect

In 1945, Toshiaki Ban was born in Yamaguchi, Japan. After the graduation from the University of Osaka, faculty of engineering, Ban cofounded an architectural firm "Goudou Kensetsu" which is now called "VANS."

Ban tries to build buildings through understanding the users. In addition, he works on practicing "Folk Architecture." Ban has built various kinds of buildings such as dwelling houses, commercial buildings, nurseries, and welfare facilities. Among others, he has built more than 20 buildings co-operatives.

Ban advocates the change of architectural culture by estimating and verifying both "inner purpose (communicating with users)" and "external purpose (harmony with the environment)" so that they can break away from "Symbolic

Architecture" that has lost the true goal of building, and is depending on wrong-headed power.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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