Imperfect Health @CCA


Have you ever wondered what the long-term effects of environments that sap our energy are? How people compensate for being deprived of visual and physical sustenance? Or is there a correlation between the design of your city and your well-being? Does sickness and depression begin with the places that people must endure rather than enjoy?

Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) is centered around the idea that health is something can be and should be hewn directly into the urban fabric of our cities; it has very little to do with the anything high-tech, rather, it is simply a matter of realizing how the structures we build alter our behaviors and the implications those behaviors have on our well-being.

Arranged into a series of well thought out installations, Imperfect Health looks at everything from ground pollution, food safety, smog, and obesity to aging. Because architecture like almost everything else in our surroundings is perceived as a possible source of disease, the health, defense and fortification of the body is an obsessive pursuit.

The exhibition includes projects and ideas with a range programs, mostly non-medical that bring to light uncertainties and contradictions in a culture informed by medicine, to insist on challenging notions: that urbanism, landscape design and architecture take care of the inhabitants, instead of seeking an ultimate cure for all that is ailing.

The exhibition won’t be up for too much longer; it ends this Saturday. So, I suggest you shrug off all your hypochondria and go and visit the CCA before it is too late.

 

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