Ban and Yeang lecture as part of new series on green architecture and sustainable growth

October 3, 2009

During the fall and spring, the newly established FXFOWLE Foundation Lecture Series on Sustainability, Urbanisim, and Design welcomed its first guests.

Shigeru Ban lectured in Ithaca in September. Ban, founder and principal of Shigeru Ban Architects, became a “green” architect before ecology became fashionable. He is known for his use of inexpensive construction materials such as paperboard and cardboard tubes. His presentation to an overflow crowd in Goldwin Smith Hall’s Hollis E. Cornell Auditorium featured slides and discussion of his wide-ranging built projects — from custom residential homes and small urban towers to inexpensive and quickly constructed refugee housing used for disaster relief.

In February, Ken Yeang, a Malaysian architect, ecologist, writer, and principal at Llewelyn Davies, discussed his belief that true eco-design needs to approach the built environment so that it integrates benignly and seamlessly with the natural environment.

Dan Kaplan (B.Arch. ’84), a senior partner at FXFOWLE Architects, established the lecture series on behalf of the firm whose primary goal is to create projects with social, environmental, and aesthetic integrity. By sponsoring the series, FXFOWLE hopes to expose AAP students to the importance of sustainability and design.

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