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.
Jean-Jacques Lecercle and Francoise 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 Francoise 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 Pilliere: "No Mere Play on Words." A stylistic Analysis of Architectural Body Authors Appendix