It seems that whenever disaster strikes, Shigeru Ban is summoned to the scene to help. This year's winner of architecture's most prestigious award, the Pritzker Prize, the innovative Japanese architect has won many accolades in the past for his various humanitarian projects. One of 20 designers nominated for the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Ban designed 100 small homes for Sri Lankan villagers who were displaced after the 2004 tsunami leveled the village of Kirinda. Learn more about this heartwarming project after the jump, or check out 10 top Shigeru Ban projects to better understand why he is one of Inhabitat's most admired designers.
Shigeru Ban designed 100 micro homes for Sri Lankan villagers after the 2004 tsunami wiped away Kirinda
The Japanese designer used local materials and labor.
Walls are made with earth bricks and partitions and finishings from rubber tree wood
Living areas were separated from the kitchen/bathroom area
Kirinda is a Muslim fishing village
This Google Earth map reveals how vulnerable the Tissamaharama region is to rising seas and natural disasters.