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Daily Archives: March 25th, 2009



 This company LiveRoof provides a turnkey system for installation of turf roofs for building projects.


Another project by the artist arakawa.   The idea is to make the design extremely challenging and uncomfortable, and that this stress will allow the occupant to “reverse destiny”  and live forever.   This is somewhat popular in Japan, where wealthy people have bought apartments designed under this conceptual framework.  Some report that they feel younger.   …….




“Arakawa and Madeline Gins’s quest to make human beings immortal is at risk of dying. That’s because the couple lost their life savings with Bernard Madoff, the mastermind of a multibillion-dollar fraud. Of all the dreams that were crushed by Mr. Madoff’s crime, perhaps none was more unusual than this duo’s of achieving everlasting life through architecture. Mr. Arakawa (he uses only his last name) and Ms. Gins design structures they say can enable inhabitants to “counteract the usual human destiny of having to die.”

The income from their investments with Mr. Madoff helped fund their research and experimental work. Now, Mr. Arakawa, 72 years old, and Ms. Gins, 67, are strapped for cash. They closed their Manhattan office and laid off five employees. The pair’s work, based loosely on a movement known as “transhumanism,” is premised on the idea that people degenerate and die in part because they live in spaces that are too comfortable. The artists’ solution: construct abodes that leave people disoriented, challenged and feeling anything but comfortable.They build buildings with no doors inside. They place rooms far apart. They put windows near the ceiling or near the floor. Between rooms are sloping, bumpy moonscape-like floors designed to throw occupants off balance.

(cbc) – so if you are an architecture student and you’re having a bad jury or crit just adopt Arakawa’s argument  “I’m making it really ugly and jarring because this approach can make the occupants immortal!”  

On the other hand, the RUSSIAN FORMALISTS (Viktor Schlovsky)  had a dictum “make the object strange” that they used as a definition for art.   The idea being that a displacement from the everyday “sleep” of the conventional world is necessary to have an aesthetic experience.

Interesting philosophical question here:  if you design the process, not the object  ( a current trend called ‘generative design’ ) are you still doing a composition,  is the product still architecture?  

Don’t try this at home , kids.


In his new book, “Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons From the Biology of Consciousness,” Noë attacks the brave new world of neuroscience and its claims that brain mechanics can explain consciousness. Nobel Prize-winning molecular biologist Francis Crick wrote, “You, your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of personal identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behavior of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules.” While Noë credits Crick for drawing popular and scientific attention to the question of consciousness, he thinks Crick’s conclusions are dead wrong and dangerous.

The current example of how THE TWO CULTURES are in disagreement.  (Science vs. Humanities).