What do we know about architecture and its effect on healing?
As a matter of requirement, our hospitals are not the warmest or most inviting spaces.
The buildings that heal us can also make us feel small, uncomfortable and uninspired. This may be fine for a routine surgery or emergency treatment, but what about when we receive a serious diagnoses?
In the UK, a phenomenon known as ‘Maggie’s Centres’ offers a different approach. Several small, beautiful buildings have been built on hospital grounds, designed to provide a new type of cancer care.
Jordan Silver, editor of Towards Small Things, takes a look at these buildings to see what can be learned. He spoke with ABC’s Kia Handley on the topic.