Architecture and Philosophy

New Perspectives on the Work of Arakawa & Madeline Gins


Architecture and Philosophy: New Perspectives on the Work of Arakawa and Madeline Gins is a collection of essays on the work of artist-architects Arakawa and Madeline Gins and in particular their book Architectural Body (2000). The essays approach their cutting edge and ambitious project to design 'an architecture against death' from various angles and disciplines including aesthetics, architecture, linguistics, philosophy. The papers retrace the place of Architectural Body in the aesthetic landscape of art at the turn of the 21st century and assess the utopian stance of their work.

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Jean-Jacques Lecercle and Françoise Kral: Preface
Jean-Jacques Lecercle: Gins and Arakawa, or The Passage to Materialism
Jed Rasula: Endless House—Architectural Body
Alan Prohm: Architecture and Poetic Efficacy: Architectural Poetics
Fionn C. Bennett: “Autopoietic Event Matrices” in Architecture and in Literature: Wordsworth Talks to Arakawa and Gins
Joshua Schuster: How Architecture Became Biotopian: From Meta-Biology to Causal Networks in Arakawa and Gins’ Architectural Body
Françoise Kral: Architectural Body as Generative Utopia?
Chris L. Smith: Preceding an Architectural Body
Jondi Keane: A Bioscleave Report: Constructing the Perceiver
Ronald Shusterman: Leafing Through a Universe: Architectural Bodies and Fictional Worlds
Simone Rinzler: Arakawa and Gins’s Architectural Body: a Transgeneric Manifesto
Linda Pillière: “No Mere Play on Words.” A stylistic Analysis of Architectural Body
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