Architects do not build with the idea that their buildings will be destroyed in terrorist attacks; they design for living. And is eternal life really such an unusual thing for art to promise? Isn't that, in fact, one of the most traditional values of art?
-- Aaron KuninFor the past few decades, artist-architects Madeline Gins and Arakawa have been saying that people do not have to die. They are, according to their latest manifesto, Architectural Body (University of Alabama), "unconditionally supportive of life." Unconditionally means that they do not accept death as a limit on the human condition. On the contrary, they argue that mortality is not only negotiable but even reversible; as architects, they want to create spaces in which death is impossible. from: "Stay Alive ••• Gins and Arakawa vs. The Grim Reaper", Aaron Kunin, the village VOICE, Tuesday, Jan 14 2003 article: http://www.villagevoice.com/2003-01-14/art/stay-alive/