Co-editors Giovanna Borasi and Mirko Zardini speak about the book in Montreal

Borasi and Zardini answer questions from the audience

Download the introductory essay by Mirko Zardini and Giovanna Borasi

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Our latest book accompanies the exhibition Imperfect Health: the Medicalization of Architecture and its online TV channel. The printed facet of the research project is edited by exhibition co-curators Mirko Zardini, Chief Curator and Director, CCA and Giovanna Borasi, Curator of Contemporary Architecture, CCA. It includes essays by Margaret Campbell, Nan Ellin, David Gissen, Carla Keirns, Linda Pollak, Hilary Sample, Sarah Schrank, and Deane Simpson. It is also available as our first e-book.



Imperfect Health investigates the historical connections between health, design and the environment, emphasizing certain uncertainties and contradictions informed by Western medicine. Should urbanism, landscape design, or architecture seek to take care of people rather than cure them? Do we need to “demedicalize architecture?”

This thesis is explored through different facets of the Imperfect Health research project: the book, website, exhibition and public programming.

Imperfect Health: the Medicalization of Architecture
CCA publication
Available at the CCA Library and CCA Bookstore

Language: French and English
Price: 60 $ CAD