Reinier de Graaf (Dutch, b.1964), with Hans Larsson (Swedish, b.1983), Alex Retegan (Romanian, b.1982), Sofia Hosszufalussy (Italian, b.1995), Elisa Versari (Italian, b.1990), Matthew Bovingdon-Downe (British, b.1988), Benedetta Gatti (Italian, b.1994) of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (The Netherlands, est.1975)
We could claim to live longer than any previous generation in human history. Average life expectancy had doubled in the last century. Thanks to improvements in sanitation, nutrition, and medicine, most of us could live to see seventy-three. Then came the new coronavirus, seemingly upending all previous assumptions. In 2021, the chronic conditions related to aging and lifestyle have suddenly become an acute problem. Pundits, observing the impact of the virus, muse about the “New Normal.” But how new is New, and how normal was Normal? Can technology save us? Will we allow gene therapy and 3D-printed organs? Will 5G networks revolutionize healthcare, unleashing the promised quantum leap in effectiveness? What about the hospital itself? Can it keep pace with these technological advances? With increasing evidence that the Western model of healthcare may have reached its limits, what are the alternatives? If living a long life no longer equates with living a life in good health, one cannot help but wonder: What is the role of the healthcare institutions which we have set in place to make us healthy, and what will they look like in the future.
Matadero Madrid Centre for Contemporary Creation
Carl Zeiss Meditec AG GROHE