IMPERFECT HEALTH THE MEDICALIZATION OF ARCHITECTURE PDF

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Photographs, publications, art and design projects and architectural models and drawings reveal some of the uncertainties and contradictions surrounding health issues and considers how architecture acknowledges, incorporates and affects them. More information on the exhibition after the break. Health is now a primary concern influencing social and political discourse across the globe and is finding increasing resonance in architecture, urban planning and landscape design.

As a new agenda for these disciplines, analysis of health issues and all they entail is becoming all the more crucial. Problems in everyday life are increasingly treated as medical issues and defined in medical terms. Modernist projects often saw a deterministic relationship between the environment and health; they tried to be curative, and their history of unexpected consequences is one of the sources for the nuanced and more complex notions of health in some contemporary projects.

Rather than aiming to eradicate or avoid negative factors, certain projects now actively incorporate such issues as dust, garbage, and disease management. Many architects and designers understand the limits of their disciplines, acknowledging that ideal solutions — something that works for everyone — are not achievable.

In an age of anxiety, it is tempting to transfer concepts between professional discourses — medicine and architecture — both of which are fraught with their own contemporary ambiguities; and for awarding architecture a more important role than it might merit.

But these projects ultimately face the resistance of an imperfect world. New strategies are required and some are already being attempted.

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Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture

Photographs, publications, art and design projects and architectural models and drawings reveal some of the uncertainties and contradictions surrounding health issues and considers how architecture acknowledges, incorporates and affects them. More information on the exhibition after the break. Health is now a primary concern influencing social and political discourse across the globe and is finding increasing resonance in architecture, urban planning and landscape design. As a new agenda for these disciplines, analysis of health issues and all they entail is becoming all the more crucial.

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'Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture' Exhibition

The book investigates the historical connections between health, design and the environment, bringing to light uncertainties and contradictions in cultures informed by Western medicine. Within this framework, the essays it contains reflect on themes related to the exhibition such as the relationship between the built environment and human health; pollution; modernism and hygiene; planning strategies for dealing with urban disease; the challenges of the urban environment on health; the relationship between physical health and the built environment; urban design in an ageing society; and the impact of sun on health. Non-medical problems of daily life are increasingly treated as medical, and, problematically, contemporary architecture and urban planning often address human health issues while largely ignoring economic and environmental processes. This thesis is explored through different facets of the Imperfect Health research project: the book, microsite, public programming, and upcoming e-book, along with the exhibition itself. Curator of Contemporary Architecture at the Canadian Centre for Architecture since , she has developed several research projects comprising exhibitions and publications with a particular focus on the impact of social and environmental issues on urbanism and architecture today. His research engages the transformation of contemporary architecture and its relationship to cities and landscapes. Margaret Campbell Margaret Campbell is a designer and historian.

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Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture / by CCA

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