29 November 2018, The Tablet

Housing for health

by Timothy Connor
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Housing for health

Le Corbusier’s Unité d’Habitation, Marseille
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Living with Buildings and Walking with Ghosts
IAIN SINCLAIR
(WELLCOME COLLECTION, 224 PP, £14.99)
tablet bookshop price £13.49 • tel 020 7799 4064

The Wellcome Collection’s current exhibition focuses on the ways in which architects, planners and designers have attempted to influence our feelings of ­individual well-being, self-esteem and physical health, and their wider impact on communities and society. Presented under the malignant shadow of the Grenfell Tower fire, it explores the idealisms, European as well as English, that influenced such developments. For the moment, the story ends with, first, neglect, then tragedy (or “the market”).

Living with Buildings and Walking with Ghosts: On Health and Architecture is written to accompany that exhibition.

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