Zoning Health: Architecture’s Curative Nature

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Landscape, Architecture and Design is pleased to announce the upcoming forum: Zoning Health: Architecture’s Curative Nature. This moderated debate is part of the Daniels Fora series, which present discussions on new ideas, design practices, and designers who are working at the intersection of architecture, media, science, politics and urbanism.

The relationship between architecture and human health has been radically altered by modern technology and the emergence of the metropolis. The design and redesign of our cities, landscapes and buildings can affect everything from our levels of anxiety and physical fitness, to our air quality and our capacity to manage disease. 

An emerging focus on the role that design plays in public health is forming the basis for new approaches in architecture and urbanism. Practices that were once created to promote healthy living – such as rezoning cities to isolate industrial and residential uses, or sealing building envelopes to control temperature and isolate infection – may now be seen to have deleterious consequences for human health. In this light, the design of therapeutic environments such as hospitals are among the critical sites devoted to both the care and promotion of human health that are beginning to be rethought. 

By engaging the public, professionals, and scholars, this forum will advance our understanding of the important relationship between architecture and our physical and mental health.

The forum features Brigitte Shim, a member of the Daniels faculty and principal of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, and Mirko Zardini, Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. The event will be moderated by Dean Richard Sommer of the Daniels faculty.

The forum takes place from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, January 12, 2012 at the Isabel Bader Theatre, located at 93 Charles Street West in Toronto. This is a public event. To RSVP and obtain a ticket, please visit www.zoninghealth.eventbrite.com.

The Daniels Fora present vigorous, engaging, and accessible discussions of interest not only to students, alumni, and professionals, but also the broader public. The goal of these public events is to bring together different perspectives in order to raise the level of debate, build relationships, and stimulate discussion among academics, institutions, and the general public. 

For more information, please visit www.daniels.utoronto.ca/events/2011/08/zoning_health_architectures_curative_nature.