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Charles Correa International Lecture: Christian Benimana, "The Architecture of Health."

The Architecture of Health.

Design of places, products, and systems, make visible the invisibility of contagions, and of relationships, that affect our, individual, community, and planetary health. Good architecture practice must/need to activate the change necessary for architecture and design processes to extend beyond aesthetics and include consideration of the invisible; values, philosophies, histories, politics, labor, legislation, energy, desire, and agency, to respond to climate change and other structures of injustice.

Architecture and Health are inseparable, from the direct design of hospitals and places for healing to the strategic design of infrastructures and city planning, architecture affects the physical and mental health of individuals and communities [2]. There is a disconnection from expectation to delivery because the design of healthy environments is often obstructed by deep-rooted bias and structural problems embedded in the practices and methods of architecture that continue to be propagated in the architectural curriculum.

How can architecture practice support the rethinking of the conditioning of health in design?
What is the role of architectural research and education in challenging how society and practice understand the environment, planetary ecology, community, and individual health?

The Charles Correa International Lecture Fund was established in 2016 in honor and memory of renowned Indian architect and activist Charles Correa (B.Arch.’53). The fund endows an annual lecture at Taubman College by an international practitioner engaged with global architecture to promote the expansion of cultural understanding through design.

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