Timeship: The Architecture of Immortality
We have long been fascinated by the possibility of immortality even as we accepted death as inevitable. However, recent scientific advances suggest that aging and death are genetically programmed and might someday be slowed or even eliminated. We are now entering an era in which the exponential growth of technology will soon create a world that we, at the beginning of the 21st century, will hardly recognize. Practical immortality may be a significant part of this world to which Timeship will take us. Created by architect Stephen Valentine, Timeship’s six-acre structure will be a center for pioneering research to indefinitely extend the healthy human lifespan, as well as the world’s most secure and technologically advanced facility for the storage of cryopreserved biological materials, including DNA, organs for transplant, and whole mammalian organisms. And for those who cannot be helped by today’s medicine, Timeship will offer the most advanced cryostorage facilities that may one day bring patients to a time when advances in medical technology will cure their ailments and restore them to a youthful condition. The presentation-lecture entitled, Timeship: The Architecture of Immortality, describes the creation of this symbolically-rich building and examines the technologies that will make it one of the most innovative structures of our time, a veritable Noah’s Ark to a future we can only begin to imagine.
Stephen Valentine was chosen as the design architect for the development for the master planning and building design for the new Long Island Rail Road Train Station to be located adjacent to the landmark Grand Central Terminal in the heart of New York.
Website(s) and Suggested Reading(s):
Valentine, Stephen. “Timeship | The Project.” Timeship, n.d. Web. 2 June 2015.
Wilkinson, Alec. “The Cryonic Castle: Can an architect design a building for a man who wants to live forever?” The New Yorker. Jan. 2004. Web. 2 June 2015.
“Timeship: The Immortality Machine.” l’ARCA, Jan. 2004. Web. 2 June 2015.
- Students are encouraged to peruse the website and readings but are not expected to review its entirety.