Exhibition explores the pivotal role of architecture and urban planning in human health
The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Thursday, July 25, 2024

Exhibition explores the pivotal role of architecture and urban planning in human health
Tony Ray Jones, Pepys Estate, Deptford, London: children playing on a raised walkway, 1970. Credit: Tony Ray-Jones / RIBA Collections.

LONDON.- Wellcome Collection is presenting a major exhibition exploring the pivotal role of architecture and urban planning in human health. Living with Buildings takes over both of the museum’s temporary exhibition spaces to examine how the structures that surround us shape our mental and physical health, in both positive and negative ways.

From Dickensian slums to high-rise towers, and infirmary tents to modernist sanatoriums, the exhibition charts how architects, planners and designers have impacted the health and wellbeing of communities and individuals. Featuring buildings designed by Lubetkin, Goldfinger and Aalto, and the work of artists including Camille Pissarro, Andreas Gursky and Giles Round, it considers how the built environment reflects wider priorities in politics and society.

In a world where people increasingly live in metropolitan areas and spend more time than ever indoors, Living with Buildings opens with the impact of urbanisation on sanitation in Victorian London. Dickens’ introduction to Oliver Twist (1850) highlights the living conditions of the poor, and the connections between housing, health and inequality. Pissarro’s painting of Bedford Park in Chiswick (1897) illustrates the creation of suburbs for the wealthy while the Garden City Movement offered an escape from London’s crowded and inhospitable streets. Maps and plans of ideal towns, such as Bournville in Birmingham and Saltaire near Bradford, reveal the motives of the philanthropic factory owners who built them for their workers.

The exhibition also explores the rise and decline of tower blocks, showing early intentions to build a modern and healthy way of living in post-war Britain. Works by Rachel Whiteread and Shona Illingworth examine the impact that later disrepair and demolition has on communities. Erno Goldfinger’s designs for Balfron Tower (1965) and notebooks from his time living there are shown with a 2014 film by artist Rab Harling responding to plans to develop the building for private use. A series of Tony Ray-Jones photographs of the high-rise Pepys estate in Deptford (1970), and Gursky’s Paris, Montparnasse (1993) are displayed alongside a film by artist Martha Rosler, asking ‘How do we know what home looks like?’ (1993). Material relating to the recent tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London is an urgent reminder of the need to provide secure, safe housing for all.

A scale model of a 1930s hospital demonstrates the design principles that have continued to inspire modern hospitals and other therapeutic spaces, in contrast to earlier smallpox tents and small cottage infirmaries. The exhibition shows archive photographs and footage of experimental health clinics in Peckham and Finsbury, reflecting on attempts to improve the health and living conditions of London’s residents, with a focus on community and prevention.

Plans and photographs of internationally renowned architect Alvar Aalto’s sanatorium in Paimio, Finland, show how he was guided by clinical need and the requirements of tuberculosis patients.

One of the earliest examples of functional building design, it was considered a medical instrument in and of itself. Artist Giles Round draws on the colours used in Aalto’s sanatorium, as well as twentieth century factory guidance in a new commission throughout the gallery exploring how colour and light influences mood and wellbeing. Architectural models of Maggie’s Centres from across the UK also show the importance of environment for healing, with each unique building designed to create a supportive space for those living with cancer.

Wellcome Collection’s first floor gallery is devoted to a major commission, containing a mobile health clinic built at full scale. Designed for Doctors of the World by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners with BuroHappold and ChapmanBDSP, the Global Clinic demonstrates how architecture can respond to a worldwide issue in health today. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the first complete version of the Global Clinic in the gallery, which will be deployed for use in a location where it is needed immediately following its presentation at Wellcome Collection.

A new book by Iain Sinclair, inspired by the exhibition, is published by Wellcome Collection and Profile Books. In Living with Buildings Sinclair embarks on a series of journeys – through London, Mexico, Marseilles and the Outer Hebrides – to explore the conflicted relationships between sickness and structure.

‘Living with Buildings: Health and Architecture’ is curated by Emily Sargent, and opens at Wellcome Collection on 04 October 2018, running until 3 March 2019. ‘Global Clinic’ runs until 22 April 2019.

Today's News

December 27, 2018

Exhibition offers an opportunity to admire more than 150 works by Marc Chagall

Art Institute of Chicago presents Ukiyo-e masterpieces from the Weston Collection

Gothic Beauty: Victorian notions of love, loss and spirituality explored in exhibition at Bendigo Art Gallery

TEFAF Maastricht: Recalibrated fair announces exhibitor list for 2019

Exhibition presents highlights from The Huntington's Southern California Architecture Collection

Museum of the City of New York offers a fascinating look at New York's battle against infectious disease

Exhibition emphasises Julian Trevelyan's extensive contribution to mid-20th century British art

Skating is theme of exhibition at the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art

Liz Collins investigates the intersection between painting and fiber art in new installation

De La Warr Pavilion presents the first major presentation of Pailthorpe and Mednikoff's art in 20 years

Art Rotterdam 2019: Twentieth edition of renowned art fair will be held in Van Nelle Factory

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles exhibits the work of Nina Chanel Abney

Gallery list announced for Taipei Dangdai's inaugural edition

Exhibition focuses on the relationship between the archive and the formation of history

Art Fair Tokyo 2019 announcing theme: Art Life

Miami-based artist's most comprehensive show to date on view at Pérez Art Museum Miami

Crow Museum of Asian Art presents 'Jacob Hashimoto: Clouds and Chaos' in newly renovated facility

Exhibition explores the pivotal role of architecture and urban planning in human health

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts presents the North American premiere of Liminals by Jeremy Shaw

Heide Museum of Modern Art presents the work exhibited at Sweeney Reed's two gallery ventures

The Winter Show announces exhibitors for 2019 edition

Exhibition presents photographs that interact with ceramic surfaces

The National Gallery of Victoria presents the Australian premiere of Hito Steyerl's "Factory of the Sun"

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Writer: Ofelia Zurbia Betancourt

Royalville Communications, Inc

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful