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Listen: Living With Buildings - On Health and Architecture

22 January 2019

Author Iain Sinclair joined the Bethlem Museum of the Mind Curator Kate Tiernan, to talk about his new book Living With Buildings: On Health and Architecture and how it engages with the context of residential recovery sites such as Bethlem and the Maudsley Hospitals.

This talk took place on 21st January at the ORTUS Centre. 

The conversation of how buildings affect our sleep, work, social life and even how we breathe is poignant when considering residential recovery and its potential to also heal or harm us.

This talk encourages reflection on the current and historical nature of mental health hospitals and asylums and the day to day encounters of staff and service users working and living in them. How do institutions like Bethlem and the Maudsley create a temporary home for those on site?

21st January 2019 is claimed to be Blue Monday, a name given to a day in January (typically the third Monday of the month) said to be the most depressing day of the year. The formula uses many factors, including: weather conditions, debt level (the difference between debt accumulated and our ability to pay), time since Christmas, time since failing our new year’s resolutions, low motivational levels and feeling of a need to take action.

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