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April 18, 2014 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Bob. Twelve: Building happy.

Bob. Twelve. Building

Thoughts go round.

Temporary concept. Yet endures.

Earth shaking. Though earth moving not required.

Rock. Paper. Scissors? Rock with the paper. Makes the cut.

Shigeru Ban takes the prize: 2014 Pritzker.

Architect’s dreams down to earth: shelters after natural disasters.

Paper tubes. Plastic beer crates.

Anti-architecture for humanity?

“His buildings provide shelter, community centers and spiritual places for those who have suffered tremendous loss and destruction….When tragedy strikes, he is often there from the beginning.”

Thought one person can’t make a difference.



 More Bob here.

(Who is Bob, you ask? Simple.)

sky with palms

Hoppy skies building. Bob



  1. Debra / Apr 18 2014 2:01 pm

    I think I have fallen madly deeply in love. ❤ Bob


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 18 2014 2:15 pm

      Bob: “A wanderer soul difficult to tie down. Appreciative. Bye.”


      • Debra / Apr 18 2014 2:17 pm

        with haiku-like speech. swoon


  2. easyweimaraner / Apr 18 2014 2:16 pm

    at the first look I thought it’s a real animal :o) I’ve read about Shigeru Ban, his cardboard cathedral is an artpiece.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 18 2014 2:28 pm

      Bob: “Happy such talent recognized. Cathedral is perfect: form, function, purpose.Bye”


  3. sportsattitudes / Apr 18 2014 2:22 pm



  4. susielindau / Apr 18 2014 2:30 pm

    Glad Bob trudged through the earth and created…


  5. Paul / Apr 18 2014 5:57 pm

    I have apparently missed a great deal of Bob talk. Baby steps, baby steps.


  6. Ally Bean / Apr 18 2014 6:05 pm

    Having now read about Ban for the first time, he seems like a down-to-earth person who, if asked, could build Bob the perfect shelter out of just about anything. Glad that he received an award for his ideas. [Ban, that is– not Bob.]


  7. robstroud / Apr 18 2014 6:16 pm

    That was an interesting story you pointed us to. Tokyo’s climate must be tamer than I thought if you could live in the “Curtain Wall House,” though…


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Apr 19 2014 12:42 am

      Bob: He shakes things up for the shaken up. Climate and general dignity, politeness, and willingness to get along may firm up curtains? Bye”


  8. Sun / Apr 20 2014 3:20 am

    thanks, Bob…you’re not only ruggedly handsome but also provide interesting read-ups on inspirational people. good on ya! 🙂


  9. SingingTuna / Apr 20 2014 7:31 pm

    Bob! Bob! Bob!
    I missed you, Bob!
    We all missed you, Bob, but I missed you most. My Mom says I’m a Princess now and I can talk to you without anyone listening. Bob! Can I sit on your shelf with you? May I? Oh, that’s the wrong way to say it, isn’t it, Bob? May I sit on your shelf with you? I can jump up there but you might not want me to sit next to you. I’m supposed to say “the thing is sufficient unto itself” when I don’t know what else to say but I’ll never say that to you, Bob. You’re such a good listener, Bob. Princesses don’t have to be good listeners but I think you are very smart about that. I want to be a good listener too, Bob, so I’ll stop talking now.


  10. SingingTuna / Apr 20 2014 7:34 pm

    Hi! Princess Mila has asked me to convey her regrets for omitting the following (due to her sudden decision to stop talking): “Bob!! Mr.Shigeru Ban is most interesting and talented. His work is important, Bob! We thank you for sharing your news bout him. We like this post.”


  11. jmmcdowell / Apr 23 2014 11:04 pm

    So hard to choose only one post this week! But I couldn’t pass up Bob. Nice to see someone recognized for humanitarian efforts.


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