For children – a constant and yet strangely often absent stakeholder group in architectural discourse – this might very well be the case. In recent years, pioneering research into children’s early education, child psychology, paediatrics, and, at the broadest scale, the wellbeing of one of society’s most vulnerable groups, has made profound impacts across an array of disciplines. Within this, the world of architecture has changed to an extraordinary degree.
Session I: Form and Formative Years
Form & Formative Years addresses ways in which children shape architectural practice – which in turn, shapes children’s earliest and enduring engagements with the built world. This panel looks specifically at architecture’s impact on children’s formative years – including kindergartens, schools, youth centres, nurseries, playgrounds and childcare facilities.
Dr Kate Bishop (UNSW) moderates Form & Formative Years and is joined by Sue Barnsley (Sue Barnsley Design Landscape Architects), Andrew Burns (Andrew Burns Architecture), Professor Linda Corkery (UNSW) and Camilla Block (Durbach Block Jaggers).
Session II: Screening Children Who Won’t Die, Arakawa & Madeline Gins
Can a house help us not to die? Artists/scientists/revolutionaries Madeline Gins and Shusaku Arakawa declared that our lives need not end, and created dwellings whose purpose is to reverse our destiny and defy death itself. The Reversible Destiny Lofts in Tokyo, with their vivid colours, undulating floors, irregular lines, and spherical rooms were the culmination of Arakawa and Gins’ research and speculation. Arakawa said, “Living here, human beings will never die, as the potential ability of their bodies can be maximally developed.”
This film includes interviews with residents of the Reversible Destiny Lofts and an astrophysicist, as well as growth records of children who were raised in these remarkable buildings. Children Who Won’t Die proudly sings a celebration of life, highlighting the possibilities of a world no one could ever have imagined before.