International Journal of

Arts , Humanities & Social Science

ISSN 2693-2547 (Print) , ISSN 2693-2555 (Online)
Creating a Social Architecture: Architects Arakawa and Gins Encounter Social Psychology



The present exposition presents a conceptual analysis of how one might construct a social architecture.  The focus is on creating a synthesis of constructs used by architects Arakawa and Gins (A/G) such as landing sites, tentativeness, and cleaving with social psychological constructs such as coordination, cooperation and trust.  The purpose of this synthesis is to develop an organism that not only persons in A/G’s terms but interpersons in my terms.  I propose this extension as a possible way to help change people in a manner that will reduce, if not eliminate, destructive social conflicts such as those occurring in the Middle East between Palestinians and Israelis.  Based on this analysis, new uses of A/G’s architectural strategies are proposed.