Living with Buildings

Living with Buildings
Image courtesy of Wellcome Collection

Living with Buildings
Wellcome Collection – London
October 4, 2018 – March 3, 2019

We’re surrounded by buildings all the time, but how do they affect our physical and mental health? Explore the role colour can play in making us feel better, see a pioneering mobile clinic designed to provide adaptable healthcare in emergency situations and examine the history and continuing reality of how we design for health. Featuring works by Andreas Gursky, Rachel Whiteread and Martha Rosler, as well as buildings designed by Goldfinger, Lubetkin and Aalto, this exhibition examines some of the ways in which architects, planners and designers influence our health, self-esteem and ideas about society. Consider the urgent connections between our homes and our health and look anew at the future of our built environment in this major exhibition.

                        

Living with Buildings
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The Paimio chair designed by Alvar Aalto in the 1930s was intended to be both beautiful and functional furniture for the Paimio Sanatorium. It had an angle of recline to help tuberculosis patients to breathe and was made from wood to give it a warmer and more humane feel than metal. Andreas Gursky‘s monumental photograph showcases the geometric design of the Mouchotte Building in Montparnasse and the individual lives of people within. Gursky said that “to go to the centre-city is to encounter the ‘social truth‘, to take part in the magnificent plenitude of ‘reality'”.

                             

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This scale model of a hospital was built in the 1930s to demonstrate modern facilities like x-rays and operating theatres. Queen Mary donated lace handkerchiefs for the bedspreads. The model was launched by the Prince of Wales to encourage people to donate to the King Edward’s Hospital Fund.

“An ambitious, expansive and hugely enjoyable exhibition” Architecture Today.

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