QUITO - Japanese architect Shigeru Ban or the "earthquake architect", known for designing innovative temporary houses, visited Ecuador and is working on a proposal for areas affected by a recent powerful earthquake.
Ban visited the cities of Manta and Portoviejo in Manabi province, the worst affected in the 7.8- magnitude quake that hit the region on April 16.
The famous architect delivered a keynote speech at the Rumiñahui Coliseo in Quito, attended by thousands of people, including students, academics and entrepreneurs in the real estate sector, where he talked about his experience in disaster areas.
His speech was also part of the 20th Pan-American Architecture Biennial of Quito and included a chapter on design in disaster environments.
The College of Architects of Ecuador that organized the meeting said, Ban, as soon as he learned of the earthquake, had volunteered to help.
Ban has collaborated with designing temporary housing shelters in several countries hit by earthquakes, including Japan, Turkey, India, Sri Lanka, China, Haiti, Italy, New Zealand and the Philippines.
In 2014, he was awarded the Pritzker Prize for his elegant and innovative designs using sustainable materials - including pipes made of recycled cardboard, resistant in columns, walls or beams - that are cheap and also easy to transport.