Building care: intersection of health and architecture


This thursday TMRW took part in the Building Care symposium organised by the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Bringing together scientists, policymakers, architects and designers to discuss places of care and place making for healthcare through interactive workshops.

How does the environment affect patients and professionals in hospitals? How is materiality employed to helbp dementia patients in nursing homes? What does the process of building buildings and creating places show about the changing landscape of healthcare in the Netherlands?

Healthcare is not confined to the hospital anymore, as health becomes a priority and a value in our day-to-day life. We talk of healing environments, green spaces and urban green developments, because health today is less about cure and more about care. This means that architects and policy makers increasingly become engaged in the processes of making care happen. It is therefore important to discuss the different “ways of knowing” in designing and building healthcare facilities. Where are the junctures and how do they matter?

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