Take care

Health itself is now a source of anxiety, “wellness” a pressing individual responsibility. That the built environment can make us sick has become clear. It’s tempting to believe that architecture or urban planning could also make us better—cure or soothe our bodies, help us get in shape, alleviate our stress. This issue explores these connections and interventions and the specific assumptions that nourish them. It registers real progress; it also considers the nauseating likelihood that our best intentions might only introduce new complications.

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Cities of the CDC

Lecture by Geoff Manaugh

Geoff Manaugh examines urban design in the context of epidemiology, pandemics, and quarantine, including measures taken by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States.

Geoff Manaugh: Cities of the CDC

We asked Geoff Manaugh of BLDGBLOG to lecture on this topic in October 2009, while he was teaching a design studio called “Landscapes of Quarantine.” With Nicola Twilley, he curated an exhibition of the same name at the Storefront for Art and Architecture the following spring. We invited Geoff back to the CCA as “Blogger in the Archives” in the summer of 2010. The cover image is Permacultural Hinterland by Liam Young and Darryl Chen. © Liam Young and Darryl Chen


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