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The Architecture of Hope: Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres Hardcover – 1 Apr 2010


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln; 1 edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711225974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711225978
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 2.3 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Charles Jencks divides his time between lecturing, writing, and designing in the USA, the UK, and Europe. He is the author of the best-selling The Language of Post-Modern Architecture(re-issued as The New Paradigm in Architecture, 2002). He has also written numerous other books on contemporary arts and building, including What is Post-Modernism? (fourth edition, 1995) and The Architecture of the Jumping Universe (second edition, 1997). His celebrated garden in Scotland is the subject of his book The Garden of Cosmic Speculation (Frances Lincoln, 2003) and in 2004 the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, won the Gulbenkian Prize for Museums for his design, Landform Ueda. Landform projects have also been completed in Europe, and his current concern is working with Cern on an iconographic and green project. He is the author of The Iconic Building, the Power of Enigma, (Frances Lincoln, 2005), Critical Modernism, (Wiley 2007), and The Architecture of Hope with Edwin Heathcote, on Maggie Centres (Published by Frances Lincoln 2010). The Story of Post-Modernism, Five Decades of Ironic, Iconic and Critical Architecture (Wiley, 2011) brings this resurgent tradition up to date while his recent landscape work is summarised in The Universe in the Landscape (Frances Lincoln, 2011).

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"What you all have created, in terms of architecture, is a community statement to patients and carers that Your Life Matters. Walking from the hospital into Maggie's is a concretization of hope - just as the daffodil reminds us of spring."

Senior Vice President, The Wellness Community in Santa Monica

This is an inspirational book that anyone interested in the most sensitive contemporary design and in the future of healthcare should read. (Country Life)

This book is moving, ambitious and brave. Moving because it is highly personal; ambitious because it discusses the huge problem of modern buildings for health. And brave because like Maggie Keswick, it is not afraid to challenge medical orthodoxy. (Spectator)

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"I feel very fortunate to have known Maggie Jencks and I include her family. The building I designed in Scotland for Maggie’s Centre in Dundee was not designed with her involvement. In fact, it is quite possible she would never have asked me to do one for her since her tastes were at variance with my work. I kept that in mind throughout my design process and threw out a few schemes that at the time I liked better imagining that she would not have liked them. When you know somebody like Maggie you don’t want to disappoint her, whether she is alive or not. It turns out that that little Maggie’s Centre in Dundee, looking back, was one of the best things I’ve ever done. So even though I collaborated, through time and space in my imagination, with Maggie, I’m very proud of the outcome. It’s sensational what has been the result of Maggie’s Centres where they are built. And I think the members of my profession who have donated their services share in the pride of Maggie’s dream." — Frank Gehry

"Maggie's Centres suggest that architecture can change the way we feel, and the way we experience our day-to-day life. This book is an important testament to the success of the many centres that have been realized, as well as presenting new proposed centres." — Steven Holl

"It is commonly thought that there are two kinds of architecture; one is sociable and useful; the other, putting form first, is called startitecture and is assumed to be less sensitive to need and even destructive to health. The Maggie’s buildings show us that having high architectural and compositional aims can celebrate usefulness and thereby contribute to human joy and health." — Ted Cullinan

 

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne on 30 Jun 2010
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As a professional in architecture and design I found the theme of the book extremely interesting. The topic of healing architecture is most relevant from the social innovation point of view. Maximizing good in architecture makes a lot of sense and will be a big issue in the future. We definetly need more human centric approach both in architecture and urban planning and this rare book shows remarkable examples of this kind. To give space in the text for the voices of the architects behind the buildings is also great: it makes the book even more authentic. The book is also inspiring from the landscape architecture point of view. The book is one of my recent favourites.
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This is a wonderful, beautifully produced book, elegantly illustrated, and created by those involved in the establishment, building and running of the drop-in Maggie's Cancer Centres, of which there are six so far, five in Scotland and one in London, with more to come. I was encouraged by my cancer care team to try going to the Maggie's at Charing Cross Hospital,London (designed by Richard Rogers), and I now go frequently and derive great comfort and reassurance from it, and this book succeeds in conveying the vision and dedication of everyone involved.
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A very insightful book benefiting from personal experience and immense knowledge of the subject. beautifully illustrated too. should be on every Architect's/ Student's bookshelf.
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Highly recommended to anyone whose life has been touched by cancer, and even if it hasn't. Written by someone who cares deeply about both architecture and people.
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By A. De Saulles on 4 Aug 2014
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A great book in very good condition
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