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Healing Spaces

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Materials have a significant capacity to influence our experience of architecture. A space for inhabitation could be rendered in completely different materials, with different visual and tactile results for the occupant. Given this relationship, it is surprising that modern spaces for healing are often designed with a predictably sterile, banal material palette.

A conference hosted next month at the University of Toronto will navigate the connections between architecture and the body in modern medical space. Entitled “Architecture Therapeutics Aesthetics,” the three-day event will feature a series of talks on corporeality, atmospherics, and networks—including a keynote address by architect Philippe Rahm.

The conference will interrogate “current ideas and practices defining the role of design in the promotion of health while seeking to foster an appreciation of how the forms of affective and cognitive experience associated with environmental aesthetics may clarify and amplify the goals that motivate therapeutic practices and institutions.”



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  • Posted by: Anonymous | Time: 1:10 PM Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    What an interesting conference. Epoch Times and Eco18 just covered an article on how architecture can affect your health read more at http://eco18.com/buildings-that-heal/

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Blaine Brownell

thumbnail image Minnesota-based architect and author Blaine Brownell, AIA, is a self-defined materials researcher and sustainable building adviser. His "Product of the Week" emails and three volumes of Transmaterial (2006, 2008, 2010) provide designers with a steady flow of inspiration—a 21st-century Grammar of Ornament. Blaine has practiced architecture in Japan and the U.S. and has been published in more than 40 design, business, and science publications. The recipient of a Fulbright fellowship for 2006–07, he researched contemporary Japanese material innovations at the Tokyo University of Science. He currently teaches architecture and co-directs the M.S. in Sustainable Design program at the University of Minnesota. His book Matter in the Floating World was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011.