Book / Architecture and the Modern Hospital

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear from some of Australia’s foremost architectural experts and historians:

  • Professor Julie Willis, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne
  • Professor Philip Goad, ABP Chair of Architecture and the 2019/20 Harvard Chair in Australian Studies, The University of Melbourne
  • Dr. Cameron Logan, Director of the postgraduate program in Heritage Conservation in the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning.

The rise of modern architecture in the twentieth century is inextricably bound to ideas of health, welfare and social progress. The new modern architecture, with its clean lines, functional approach and emphasis on the health-giving properties of sunlight and fresh air, aligned closely with changing medical practices and treatments of the time. Soon, modernist architecture would find its apotheosis in the design of the modern hospital.

Ultimately, it was Australian architects who synthesized ideas around the connection of architecture and health into a series of 1930s hospitals that were internationally influential.

In this talk, Julie Willis, Philip Goad and Cameron Logan discuss their recent book Architecture and the Modern Hospital, detailing the important role that architecture and design have had on the hospital and the well being of its patients.

Book Description

More than any other building type in the twentieth century, the hospital was connected to transformations in the health of populations and expectations of lifespan. From the scale of public health to the level of the individual, the architecture of the modern hospital has reshaped knowledge about health and disease and perceptions of bodily integrity and security. However, the rich and genuinely global architectural history of these hospitals is poorly understood and largely forgotten.

This book explores the rapid evolution of hospital design in the twentieth century, analysing the ways in which architects and other specialists reimagined the modern hospital. It examines how the vast expansion of medical institutions over the course of the century was enabled by new approaches to architectural design and it highlights the emerging political conviction that physical health would become the cornerstone of human welfare.

ISBN: 9780367665104
ISBN-10: 0367665107
Series: Routledge Research in Architecture
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 244
Published: 30th September 2020
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.37