“Cure and Care”, the exhibition under way at the Museum of Finnish Architecture, inaugurates a new exhibition format combining architecture with social issues created by the museum in partnership with SAFA, the Finnish architects' association.
The exhibition focuses on the evolution of healthcare architecture in Finland, beginning with architecture competitions held since the end of the nineteenth century and going on to look at Alvar Aalto's famous Sanatorium in Paimio before coming to the present day and the 2015 competitions for Lapland Central Hospital and Helsinki University Hospital Trauma & Cancer Centre.
The exhibition documents how architecture has changed, mirroring advances in medical treatment and care, especially the very significant developments of recent decades, as medical care has evolved from an industrial approach to focus on greater respect for the individual patient. The centrality of human beings and their psychological as well as physical well-being is the new key to design, with architecture that plays an active role in medical treatment. This concept is particularly dear to Floornature's editorial staff: indeed, it was the focus of an event examining buildings constructed in Sudan by Studio Tamassociati for Emergency, an Italian NGO, presented at the FAB Architectural Bureau in Milan in 2015.
Title: Cure and Care - Healing Spaces Then and Now
Dates: 25 November 2015 – 05 June 2016
Location: Museum of Finnish Architecture, Kasarmikatu 24, 00130 Helsinki - Finland
Images courtesy of Museum of Finnish Architecture Helsinki