Procedural Architecture is as promising a pursuit as stem-cell research, perhaps even more so.
-- Stanley Shostak, Evolutionary Biologist and author of Becoming Immortal: Combining Cloning and Stem-Cell Therapy
A work of architecture that could boost immunity, fortify and promote the survival of adult stem-cells and increase longevity would deserve to appear on the covers of leading 21st Century medical journals. The Arakawa + Gins team make precisely these claims for the Reversible Destiny Lofts (In Memory of Helen Keller), their recently completed residential loft building in an upscale Tokyo neighborhood, and it therefore should come as no surprise that an image of it adorns the October 10, 2004 cover of the Japanese edition of JAMA (The Journal of the American Medical Association). The editorial decision to go with this cover-image might thus be judged to have been arrived at logically in a fairly standard way, but it can also be read as the adopting of a radical stance that signals important actions and events to come.