Harvard Graduate School of Design

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History of the Hospital

MASS was invited to present a seminar at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design entitled, The Architecture of Health: Power, Technocracy, and the Hospital. The seminar traces the form of the hospital from the 1400s to the present, across Europe, the United States, and Africa. The seminar draws on a complex historical context that includes medical science, architectural thought, and political and social systems that surround and influence the hospital. Through case studies and historical analysis of an oft-overlooked architectural typology, the seminar reveals the hospital as a receptor and generator of new politics, social orders, and architectural paradigms and describe the design tensions that have defined the typology across several eras. A publication of the same title is forthcoming. 

Project Details

42.376005, -71.113893

Location: Cambridge, MA, USA

Year: 2016

Status: Completed

Program: Course on Architecture of Health

Harvard Graduate School of Design