Carnegie Mellon University
January 03, 2013

Press Release: Carnegie Mellon University's Miller Gallery Continues Exhibition Of Award-Winning "Imperfect Health" Through February 24

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PITTSBURGH-Called the "Exhibition of the Year" by Design Observer, "Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture," will conclude its only U.S. tour stop at the Miller Gallery at Carnegie Mellon University on Sunday, Feb. 24.

Organized by the Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Imperfect Health was recently recognized by the website Design Observer, which focuses on a wide variety of design topics including social innovation, pop culture and urbanism. The website also features the architecture and urban design publication Places.

"A smart survey of a subject that, unfortunately, we can all take personally," noted the Design Observer review, Imperfect Health "questions common understandings of 'positive' and 'negative' outcomes within the flux of research on, and cultural conceptions of, health." Additionally, Abitare magazine reviewed the exhibition and said that "at a time when health is a primary concern influencing social and political discourse across the globe, it also finds increasing resonance in an architectural debate that is becoming medicalized."

"Imperfect Health" features works from the CCA's extensive collection and loans from other individuals and institutions, by an international group of architects, artists, and designers including Bernd and Hilla Becher, Berkeley Institute of Design and Intel Labs, BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Mel Chin, Todd Haynes, Henry Dreyfuss Associates, Steven Holl Architects, Gordon Matta-Clark, Niall McLaughlin, MIT AgeLab, Morphosis, MVRDV, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture), François Roche, SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates), and Alison and Peter Smithson.

"'Imperfect Health' makes an insightful contribution to local and national dialogues around health problems, and whether architecture and design should take on prescriptive roles," said Astria Suparak, director of the Miller Gallery.

Details, downloadable images, videos and more are available at: The Miller Gallery is located in the Purnell Center for the Arts on Carnegie Mellon's campus. Admission is free and open to the public.