Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Intensive Care: Architecture and Design in Healthcare

Geert Mul
Bureau Europa Maastricht opened a relevant new multidisciplinary exhibition about design  in the context of healthcare, focussing on the challenges of the 21st century from different perspectives.

Intensive Care: Architecture and Design in Healthcare is open until 25th of June 2017. 

In the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, architects and urban designers played an influential role in the fight against dangerous infectious diseases, such as cholera and tuberculosis. They contributed to a 'hygiene wave' through their designs for the construction of water supply and sewage systems, better buildings, and plenty of inner-city green spaces. Healthcare innovations and the spatial translation thereof can be historically traced one-on-one.

What challenges await us in the 21st century? These could be (prosperity) diseases, their associated psychological social issues, such as loneliness, and ethical social issues, such as prioritising life quality over life duration. The exhibition examines the impact of technological acceleration on new organisational forms, from prevention in healthcare to privatisation in the pharmaceutical industry.

More information: Bureau Europa
Alexa Karolinski & Ingo Niermann

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