Architecture in Hopes of Immortality

Posted by design on Jan 15, 2014 in Articles we like!
"Reversible Destiny" Lofts in Mitaka, Japan. Photo Credit: Masatako Nakano via nytimes.com

“Reversible Destiny” Lofts in Mitaka, Japan. Photo Credit: Masatako Nakano via nytimes.com

I am very confident that design impacts the quality of our lives. Madeline Arakawa Gins believed that design, specifically in architecture, could allow occupants to cheat death. Madeline collaborated with her husband Arakawa on elaborate architectural projects that were constructed based on the belief that “through a literal architecture of instability” “it was possible to stave off the stagnation — and even the inevitable death — that living in rote comfort can bring.”  –(NYTIMES, JAN 15, Margalit Fox). With undulating floors, no right corners, and odd sized doors, these living spaces constantly challenged their occupants.

To some of us, these spaces sound like adventurous sensory playgrounds and hopefully all of us can appreciate the candy colored building block style and a life dedicated to experimenting with art and design. Madeline Arakawa embodied a phrase we like to say here at eeBoo, the possibilities are endless!

Read the NY TIMES obituary here: Madeline Arakawa Gins, Visionary, Is Dead at 72 

Photo Credit; Eric Striffler for the New York Times

Photo Credit; Eric Striffler for the New York Times

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