A few long conversations (or begging) put her in the not-so-enjoyable position of taking me to the mall to scout out my little fuzzy rodent. And a cage. A cage that frankly wasn't very exciting -- afterall, she didn't make the promise that I'd get a Disneyland-inspired habitat for little fuzzyhead. So, my hamster -- name escapes me but I was fond of "Harold" when I drew odd cartoons during that stretch -- lived in a plexiglass-like box with a bottle to drink from, some wood chip ground cover, and a wheel.
Perhaps if we had invested in the epic-design-savvy "Reversible Destiny Lofts" for our hamster, he wouldn't have worn his heart out on the pathetic little wheel we bought him...and he would have had boosted immunity and increased longevity as a bonus!
That's what the NY-based design duo of Arakawa and Gins believe is key to their "transhumanist architecture" located in the Mitaka suburb of Tokyo. Read more here. Or just check out this summary and tribute to Helen Keller, too:
The nine-unit multiple dwelling Reversible Destiny Lofts – Mitaka (In Memory of Helen Keller) marks a new point in history, in the history of human dwelling. This first completed example of procedural architecture put to residential use offers a whole new approach to home sweet home. Procedural architecture is an architecture of precision and unending invention. Works of procedural architecture function as well-tooled pieces of equipment that help the body organize its thoughts and actions to a greater degree than had previously been thought possible.
These lofts address and reframe, right in the midst of the workaday world, what have thus-far been intractable philosophical problems, even at times giving rise to possible solutions. Set up to put fruitfully into question all that goes on within them, they steer residents to examine minutely the actions they take and to reconsider and, as it were, recalibrate their equanimity and self-possession, causing them to doubt themselves long enough to find a way to reinvent themselves. These tactically posed architectural volumes put human organisms on the track of why they are as they are. To be sure, every loft comes with a set of directions for use.
Based on the "brain training" craze in Japan, the lofts intentionally provide each owner with an all-out assault on the senses. This includes:
- concave floors to throw one off-balance
- oddly placed light switches that are not located in intuitive locations for late-night reachin'
- intensely bright colors to attack your sensory abilities
- even directions such as "At least once a day, amble through the apartment in total darkness."
Only $750,000 a piece! A steal, one off-putting cocave floor at a time!
Wonder if they do hamster cages...or even classrooms!