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ARCH-001: Death Comes to the Hospital
E-mail: annmarie [dot] adams [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Research Area: healthcare design
Hospital architecture constantly mediates between healing and dying. When death occurs, however, the institutional relationship to the human body shifts from care to concealment. In all cases, dead bodies are the hospital's open secret: death is present, but invisible. This research project explores the spaces associated with healing and dying in the 20th-century hospital, and will culminate in a published book, Death Comes to the Hospital. I contend that this way of seeing the early 20th-century hospital, through the invisibility of dying, is a fruitful and major insight about the meaning of healthcare facilities. This project will also be the first architectural study of the medical museum, a popular teaching aid used in medical education into the 1970s. Death Comes to the Hospital uses an historical approach known as cultural landscapes, which marries rigorous archival research and on-site fieldwork as a means to link medical buildings, medical luminaries and medical education in startling new ways. The project's structure juxtaposes clinical spaces intended for healing patients with those designed for dead or dying patients, as well as areas dedicated to medical education. Here we probe the complex links between tropes of visibility and vision, and privileged ways of knowing enabled by a particular architectural ensemble: the university.
Archival research, bibliography, building documentation, image creation
Help to produce a sample book chapter and book outline.