IMPERFECT HEALTH: The Medicalization of Architecture-University Lecture Series - Carnegie Mellon University

Friday, September 14, 2012

IMPERFECT HEALTH: The Medicalization of Architecture

Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University, Purnell Center for the Arts, 5000 Forbes Avenue

Exhibit runs Sept. 15, 2012 - Feb. 24, 2013

The Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University is proud to present the U.S. premiere of Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture, a new exhibition that examines the complexity of today’s interrelated and emerging health problems juxtaposed with a variety of proposed architectural and urban solutions.

This exhibition has particular resonance in Pittsburgh, a city that has recovered from the collapse of its steel industry through its new health care, education and technology industries, and at Carnegie Mellon, a research institution focused on innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and creating and implementing solutions for real problems. Despite decades of revitalization, Pittsburgh still ranks as one of the most polluted cities in the United States, with higher rates of cancer, asthma, and obesity than the national averages.

Imperfect Health features a wide range of works, including photographs, sculpture, video, research and archival materials, design projects, architectural models and drawings, that together examine the complex relationships between design and health. The exhibition includes works by an international group of architects, artists, designers, and institutions.

Accompanying the exhibition are a book extending the research (published by CCA with Lars Müller and available as an e-book and in print in the gallery), an online TV channel, and public programs including a lecture series, panel discussions, screenings and tours.

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Friday, September 14, 2012

4:30 pm: Exhibition Tour
with Imperfect Health curators, Mirko Zardini, CCA Director and Chief Curator, and Giovanna Borasi, CCA Curator for Contemporary Architecture, from Montréal, Canada
Co-presented by the Carnegie Mellon University Lecture Series
@ Miller Gallery. Meet on 1st floor

6-8 pm: Opening Reception
@ Miller Gallery

Oct. 8, Mon.
4:30pm: Lecture: Re-thinking water quality, policy, and health — an elemental approach

by Kartik Chandran. Co-presented by the Distinguished Lecture Series in Environmental Science, Technology, and Policy, and the University Lecture Series
@ Porter Hall #100, CMU, on Frew St.

Feb. 21, Thurs.
4:30pm: Lecture: We are what we eat… and what we build: Designing Healthy Communities

by Richard J Jackson MD, MPH. Presented by the University Lecture Series
@ Porter Hall #100, on Frew St.


Mirko Zardini is an architect and the Director and Chief Curator of the CCA since 2005. He was editor of Casabella magazine from 1983 to 1988, Lotus International from 1988 to 1999, and served on the editorial board of Domus in 2004 and 2005. His writings have appeared in journals including Lotus International, Casabella, ANY, Archis, El Croquis, L’architecture d’aujourd’hui, Domus, Log, and Volume. Zardini has taught design and theory at architecture schools in Europe and the United States, including Harvard University GSD, Princeton University SoA, Mendrisio Architecture Academy, Swiss Federal Polytechnic University (ETH) at Zurich, Milan Polytechnic, University of Venice, Genoa and Ferrara, and the Federal Polytechnic at Lausanne (EPFL). Exhibitions co-curated by Mirko Zardini and Giovanna Borasi include Other Space Odysseys: Greg Lynn, Michael Maltzan, Alessandro Poli (2010); Actions: What You Can Do with the City (2008-09); 1973: Sorry, Out of Gas (2007-08); Sense of the City (2005-06); and Asfalto: Il carattere della cittá (2003).

Giovanna Borasi is CCA Curator of Contemporary Architecture since 2005. She curated the exhibitions Environment: Approaches for Tomorrow (2006) on the work of Gilles Clément and Philippe Rahm, Some Ideas on Living in London and Tokyo by Stephen Taylor and Ryue Nishizawa (2008) and Journeys: How Travelling Fruit, Ideas and Buildings Rearrange our Environment (2010), which examined how migration transforms the physical environment in an increasingly mobile world. Before joining the CCA, Borasi curated House Sweet Home, Different Ways to Live, Spazio Ventisette, Milan (2000), and collaborated on several exhibitions including Asfalto: Il carattere della cittá at the Milan Triennale with Mirko Zardini (2003). Borasi was an editor and writer for Lotus International and Navigator. She served as assistant editor for the book series Quaderni di Lotus and was member of the editorial staff of the graphic design magazine Lettera, a supplement to the architectural magazine Abitare.

Exhibit curated by Giovanna Borasi + Mirko Zardini     |    Organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal