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‘Meetings with Machines’ - Architecture, Health and the Tyranny of 'Standards'

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Public buildings are generally built down to a cost, not designed up to a quality. The speaker is a client – and a very unusual one. Rory Coonan’s lecture explores a radical alternative to reckless economy and short-termism. It starts with brief-setting and relates the design management and construction of a £50 million hospital by leading British architects. The ‘type’ of healthcare buildings is explored, with historical examples. The design implications of ‘public’ and ‘private’ investment in the context of the £120 billion annual cost of the national health service are also examined. The lecturer throws down a challenge: who can design for him the 21st century hospital, the one with no beds whatsoever?

This talk is part of the Martin Centre Research Seminar Series - Celebrating the Centenary of the Department of Architecture series.

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