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Constructing for Health, Lessons From the Vienna Project

University of Virginia. School of Medicine
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During the enlightenment, from 1765, the Habsburg Empire capital of Vienna underwent massive transformations in urban design and appearance, from the introduction of sewer systems and streetlights to urbanization of suburbs and construction of public facilities, including parks, all guided by principles we now consider fundamental to creating healthy, green, livable cities. Habsburg Emperor Joseph II (1780-1790), a reformer with almost utopian (and quite Jeffersonian) ideas about architecture and health, extended these massive changes by contructing Vienna's medical district, including the general hospital, the military hospital, an institute for the mentally ill, and the medical-surgical military academy Josephinum. What does it mean to "construct for health" in designing cities and landscapes, public and private spaces, and health care facilities? This Medical center hour examines the Vienna Project as an important design-and-health precedent. How might we in the twenty-first century enlist design professionals and health professionals together in more deliberate, collaborative efforts to improve public and personal health and well being? Co-presented with the History of the Health Sciences Lecture Series, the Center for Design + Health (School of Architecture), the Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry (School of Nursing), and the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities (School of Medicine), as part of the interprofessional symposium “Constructing for Health: A Global Nod to Nightingale,” funded by the Buckner W. Clay Endowment for the Humanities (College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences)
University of Virginia. School of Medicine
Childress, Marcia Day
Swittalek, Markus
Lorenz, Esther
Claude Moore Health Sciences Library
Medical Center Hour
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