HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW ░░ BREAKTHOUGH IDEAS FOR 2009

Next time your company reconfigures its interior space or builds itself a new headquarters, consider how the design you select might help employees live longer.

 -- Lew McCarey, senior editor at Harvard Business Review

Lew McCarey, Senior Editor at the Harvard Business Review, selected Arakawa and Gins’s reversible destiny architecture as part of a larger group of 2009’s list of breakthrough ideas. The 2009 Review, as explained by McCarey, sought 20 ideas that proved to be “more useful than fanciful,” in relationship to the recent American recession. The article, Stumbling to a Longer Life, covers and commends Bioscleave House in East Hampton, New York (completed 2008) and the Mitaka Lofts in Tokyo, Japan (completed 2005) as examples of such useful and necessary innovation for the future, writing “Arakawa and Gins mean to accomplish something else: to design shelters whose discombobulating layouts, uneven surfaces, and jarring colors safeguard motor, visual, and cognitive skills from the degenerative effects of too much ease and creature comfort.”

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