Following the success of last year’s Death in Venice exhibition, we are developing our work with architecture for death and dying in two ways – by bringing the exhibition to new cities (and adapting the content to the new place) and by working with hospitals, health care providers and specialist research organisations on architecture for dying (as well as health and quality of life) – and we are looking for partners to work with.
We are looking for museum and gallery partners who would like to bring this exhibition to their city. The work to date focuses on the UK and Netherlands, as well as the US and Canada to a certain extent, so it would make sense to tour to these places – we would be excited to expand the research to other countries and cultures (much of what we have done is relevant across Europe and North America). The exhibition in Venice focused on the UK, and in a new venue would be adapted to that new city – death is such a personal subject that it is important to show places that people are familiar with. The Venice exhibition looked at what our buildings are like now and how we got to this point; a new iteration of the exhibition would also address the future of buildings for death and dying, asking what they might be like, and at what our contemporary cultural response to death is. If you are interested in working with us, please get in touch here.
In Amsterdam we are working closely with ARCAM, to bring the exhibition to the Netherlands, but we are still looking for a venue to host it.
Designing healthcare buildings
We are looking for hospitals, health care providers and specialist research organisations to work with to think about what our healthcare buildings of the future might be like (and how we might renovate our existing ones). Alison Killing is a qualified architect (registered in the UK and the Netherlands), with experience of healthcare and hospital design and construction.
We are interested in how these buildings can be designed for greater well-being for all those who spend time there – patients, families and staff. This draws on research showing the positive impact of daylight and views of greenery on recovery times and pain perception, the redesign of patient information systems helping to reduce violence in emergency wards, for example. There are complex reasons why hospitals are designed the way they are – financial reasons, bureaucratic ones, the needs of the technology that they contain, patient and staff experience. We would like to explore how the healthcare buildings of the future can meet these essential needs, while also supporting better health outcomes. If you are interested in working with us, please get in touch here.