Healing Spaces, Modern Architecture, and the Body brings together cutting-edge scholarship examining the myriad ways that architects, urban planners, medical practitioners, and everyday people have applied modern ideas about health and the body to the spaces in which they live, work, and heal. The book’s contributors explore North American and European understandings of the relationship between physical movement, bodily health, technological innovation, medical concepts, natural environments, and architectural settings from the nineteenth century through the heyday of modernist architectural experimentation in the 1920s and 1930s and onward into the 1970s. Not only does the book focus on how professionals have engaged with the architecture of healing and the body, it also explores how urban dwellers have strategized and modified their living environments themselves to create a kind of vernacular modernist architecture of health in their homes, gardens, and backyards. This new work builds upon a growing interdisciplinary field incorporating the urban humanities, geography, architectural history, the history of medicine, and critical visual studies that reflects our current preoccupation with the body and its corresponding therapeutic culture.
Introduction by Sarah Schrank and Didem Ekici Part 1: Interior Spaces and Everyday Therapeutic Architecture 1: Naked Houses: The Architecture of Nudism and the Rethinking of the American Suburbs Sarah Schrank 2: Inputs, Outputs, Flows: The Bio-Architecture of Whole Systems Design, the Energy Pavilion, and the Integral Urban House Sabrina Gabrielle Richard 3: The Physiology of the House: Modern Architecture and the Science of Hygiene Didem Ekici 4: Material Heliotechnics: A Tale of Two Bodies John Stanislav Sadar 5:Isolation, Privacy, Control and Privilege: Psychiatric Architecture and the Single Room Leslie Topp Part 2: Healing Landscapes and the Body Out-of-Doors 6: Freeing Bodies and Prescribing Play in the Humanization of New York City: Richard Dattner’s 1960s Playgrounds Camille Shamble 7: Garden Walks: Physical Mobility and Social Identity and Dumbarton Oaks Robin Veder 8: Shaping Fascist Bodies: Children’s Summer Camps in Fascist Italy Stephanie Pilat 9: Bodies at Work and Leisure: Therapeutic Landscapes of Early Nineteenth-Century New York State Insane Asylums Jennifer L. Thomas Part 3: Public Health and Modern Medical Institutions 10: Designing the Medical Museum Annmarie Adams 11: The Decline of the Hospital as a Healing Machine David Theodore 12: Passive and Active: Public Space at the McMaster Health Sciences Center, 1972 Thomas Strickland Index