Design With Empathy: An Exhibit Honoring Maggie's Architecture of Cancer Care

Organized by the New York School of Interior Design, and curated for CMOA by Raymund Ryan, curator of architecture, Carnegie Museum of Art is hosting a new exhibit: Maggie's Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care. Opening September 13, the exhibit showcases the extraordinary Maggie's Centres, works of integrated architecture designed to address essential human needs and the everyday challenges of cancer patients undergoing treatment. The work of Frank Gehry, Piers Gough, Steven Holl, Rem Koolhaas, and Richard Rogers have been selected to be included in the exhibition, and provide insight into how some of the most influential architects of our age have sought to positively alter the look, and more significantly, the feel, of healthcare facilities.

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Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners, LLP - Maggie's Dundee, 2003; Landscape - Arabella Lennox-Boyd. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art

Maggie Keswick Jencks (1941–1995), author of The Chinese Garden: History, Art, and Architecture and founder of the Centres, believed that patients should never "lose the joy of living in the fear of dying." Following this tenet, each Centre, often bright and unorthodox, emphasizes spaces for social interaction and private contemplation, integrates gardens into daily life, and operates on the value of personalization and thorough treatment of the full patient. This is a critical point of departure from the oft-accused impersonal nature of health care facilities, especially in light of heightened scrutiny over health care in the US.

David Page, Page\Page Architects - Maggie's Highlands, 2005; Landscape - Charles Jencks. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art
Rem Koolhaas, OMA - Maggie's Gartnavel, 2001. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art

With 16 Centres built and 6 more underway, this exhibit will showcase Gehry's Maggie's Dundee, Koolhaas' Maggie's Gartnavel, Rogers' Maggie's West London, Gough's Maggie's Nottingham, and Holl's Maggie's Barts. Models, photographs, original drawings, and videos of the five Centres, as well as photographer Mary McCartney's portraits of Maggie's Centre alumni will be included in the installation.

Piers Gough, CZWG Architects - Maggie's Rotterdam, 2011. Image Courtesy of Carnegie Museum of Art

More information on the program can be found here.

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