The Building That Aims To Stops Time

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Wondering what to do with your body as old age encroaches ever more on your lifestyle? Perhaps you should consider an application to the Timeship, which aims to be "the world's largest facility for life extension research [and] cryopreservation."


The Timeship is the dream of architect Steven Valentine, a proposed six-acre structure that would defend the frozen from... well, almost everything:

We see the Timeship as the "Fort Knox" of biological materials. DNA, tissue samples and cryopreserved patients will be housed in Timeship, and their safety and security against all threats, both natural and human-made, will have to be maintained for hundreds of years. Timeship has been designed to provide that security at every level, from defense against terrorist attack, to sea level changes due to global warming, to interruption of energy supplies due to any catastrophe.

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Part of those defenses, according to those who have seen presentations from Valentine and associates?

He has specific plans to keep trucks at a distance so a truck full of explosives can't affect the stored patients, and a separate circle of separation for cars, with suitably weak bridges to ensure that the truck that tries to park with the cars winds up in the moat... He thinks that storing frozen endangered species would decrease the risk from Earth First! types and that storing frozen religious leaders would decrease the risk from religious lunatics, but I think these would increase the risk, especially in the case of religions where a frozen religious leader is not properly buried.

Those involved with the project consider Timeship's potential to be the continuation and consolidation of all manner of life-extending research, including "organ banking," nanotechnology and "patient reanimation":

Research on all of the complex steps needed to bring cryopreserved patients back to health and youth. This includes patients now in suspension with older technologies, and those now entering suspension with new vitrification technologies. Among the technologies that will be needed to revive such patients successfully are new treatments for killer diseases, for human aging control, for the regeneration of damaged tissues and for the repair of damaged tissues.


Currently looking for an appropriately large site ("The site will accommodate far more than just the six-acre Timeship Building and its immediate services. The park-like site will also accommodate future development that will take place around the Timeship, including research laboratories, a conference center, a hotel, a hospice for those making the transition to cryopreservation, and a hospital," the official website explains), plans for the futuristic home of undeath can be found in the project's official book, Timeship: The Architecture of Immortality, released last month.



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Josh Wimmer

If they put in a food court with a Panda Express and a Cirque du Soleil show, I am there.