Think Like Shigeru Ban is a beautiful children’s and family book about architecture, social good and using one’s artistic skills to help others. Ban is an internationally renowned architect who created a system of temporary shelters to help disaster victims and refugees.
Ban has designed buildings all over the world—museums, office buildings, cultural venues, and houses. In addition to high-profile projects, he regularly comes to the aid of refugees and disaster victims by designing temporary shelters that are typically made from recyclable paper tubes. He has created buildings such as a school after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, shelters after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, and a church—the Cardboard Cathedral—in New Zealand after the 2011 Canterbury earthquake.
His innovative approach to materials and design is a theme that runs throughout his work, while his insistence on the aesthetic quality of his relief projects further distinguishes them.
Think Like Shigeru Ban is the first title in the Think Like series. The books encourage children and families to explore the rich world of the arts and art making by inviting them into the creative process and introducing them to internationally known artists who work toward social or environmental good through their art. The series approaches art making and the idea of positive change in a way that is accessible, appealing, and welcoming.
Isa Saturno is an award-winning author and editor with a specialty in children’s books. His previous titles include Conejo y Conejo and Samuel. He is a co-founder of Barco de Piedra, an independent publishing house.
Stefano Di Cristofaro is an illustrator and designer whose works have been widely exhibited. He has illustrated the children’s books Conejo y Conejo, Guachipira va de viaje, and La Sayona y otros cuentos de espantos.