Giovanna Borasi and Mirko Zardini, CCA Montréal (eds.)

Imperfect Health

The Medicalization of Architecture

As health becomes a central focus of political debate, are architects, urban designers, and landscape architects seeking a new moral and political agenda to address these concerns? Imperfect Health looks at the complexity of today’s health problems juxtaposed with a variety of proposed architectural and urban solutions. Essays by Margaret Campbell, David Gissen, Carla C. Keirns, and Sarah Schrank deal with different aspects of the topic of health in the context of architecture such as: “An Architectural Theory of Pollution” and “Strange Bedfellows: Tuberculosis and Modern Architecture—How ‘The Cure’ Influenced Modernist Architecture and Design.”

“Imperfect Health does what any good book should do: it bridges multiple audiences through its content and layout. With lots of visual information (including the essays themselves), the book is suitable for browsing, where each visual cluster offers an explanation as part of the larger theme. The essays delve deeper into particular topics and are academic in tone, but they do not read like they have been taken directly from an academic journal; they are made accessible, particularly through the highlighted bold text of important phrases throughout. And the whole book is great for people interested in puzzles and drawing connections between different material.”

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Winner of the 'Die schönsten deutschen Bücher 2012' Award

Edited by CCA, Montreal, Giovanna Borasi, Mirko Zardini
With contributions by Giovanna Borasi, Mirko Zardini, Carla C. Keirns, David Gissen, Margaret Campbell, Hilary Sample, Nan Ellin, Linda Pollak, Deane Simpson, and Sarah Schrank
Design: Integral Lars Müller

16,5 x 24 cm, 6 ½ x 9 ½ in
400 pages, 365 illustrations
2012, 978-3-03778-279-8, English
40,00 €
50,00 €