Intensive Care: Architecture and Design in Healthcare

Bureau Europa, Maastricht
– 25 June 2017

Since 2013 the Bureau Europa in Maastricht has served as a platform for architecture and design. The exhibition “Intensive Care: Architecture and Design in Healthcare” will be held there until 25 June 2017. It highlights the challenges of care in the 21st century from different perspectives and design disciplines. 

In the 19th and early 20th centuries architects and town planners played significant roles in the fight against dangerous infectious diseases such as cholera and tuberculosis. Their plans for the construction of sewage systems and inner city green spaces made a considerable contribution to public health and hygiene campaigns. But what are the challenges that can we expect today? So-called diseases of affluence and the psychological ailments associated with them, as well as ethical concerns, such as loneliness in old age, or the need to prioritise quality of life over life span are emerging. The exhibition “Intensive Care: Architecture and Design in Healthcare” explores the impact of technological advances on new forms of organisation, from preventative care to privatisation in the pharmaceutical industry. Among others, exhibitors include the artists Oliver Sutherland and Melanie Bonajo as well as the architect Deane Simpson.


The exhibition is open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The standard admission price is five Euros. Students pay a reduced fee of three Euros. An overview of further events at the Bureau Europa is available online.


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