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.
Participating artists, architects, and designers include:
Melanie Bonajo | OMA | Special Projects | Oliver Sutherland | Deane Simpson i.c.w. Studio Joost Grootens | dr. Ike Kamphof and dr. Ruud Hendriks of Maastricht University | Molenaar&Bol&VanDillen Architecten | Natsuki Hayashi | Social Label | Chris Kabel| Tom Loois | VANDERSALM architectuur | Piet van Veen i.c.w. Architectenbureau Mulder van Tussenbroek | Geert Nm Mul | Alexa Karolinski and Ingo Niermann | Qineto | De Zwarte Hond/Bonnema architecten | Office Jarrik Ouburg, Studio Samira Boon and Luuc Sonke | Paulien Bremmer Architecture + Urbanism and OJO / Office Jarrik Ouburg | Thought Collider | Frank Kolkman | Pinar&Viola | Fuseproject | Vincent Thornhill and Erik Vlemmix | Albergo Rosa | Circus Engelbregt | Ernst Van der Hoeven i.c.w. Bart Gorter* and others.
* Commissioned by the Radboud Kunst & Cultuur programme, led by Let Geerling, in collaboration with Manon Schaap Studio & Projects
Saskia van Stein, Bureau Europa's director, curates the exhibition and is assisted by architectural historian and writer Catja Edens.Max Lennarts and Menno de Bruijn, from Studio Lennarts & de Bruijn, are responsible for the exhibition's visual identity. Ilona van den Brekel is the project manager.
Opening: Thursday 6 April, 17:00 – 19:00. Alderman Mieke Damsma opens the exhibition at 18:00.
Exhibition dates: 7 April 2017 – 25 June 2017
Admission: €5, students/school students €3, free for museum card holders
Location: Bureau Europa
Image: Studio Lennarts & De Bruijn