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Masterclass: Managing Change in Hospital Architecture

From:We 22-05-2019
Until:Th 30-05-2019
Where:Groningen, Brussels

A week-long masterclass for Dutch and Chinese architects organized by the Expertise Center for Architecture, Urbanism and Health (UG) in collaboration with Building the Future of Health and GRAS. The group of top Dutch and Chinese architects will visit various hospitals in Belgium and the Netherlands, talk about the relationship between China and the Netherlands, and exchange knowledge and experience.

Guided tours, workshops, and conversations

Designing hospitals is a special "niche" within the architectural profession. The architects who come to the Netherlands for the Hospital Tour & Masterclass have specialized in this and are among the top in China. They have already realized several large hospital projects in their home country. This masterclass is a great opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience. In addition, the innovative way in which Dutch architects think about the relationship between health and living environment also appeals to designers in China. During the Hospital Tour & Masterclass, the participants will look at the buildings themselves, their use and talk to designers and clients. By visiting a wide spectrum of buildings and institutions, the Chinese architects will be introduced to Dutch healthcare architecture. The Chinese architects not only come to get information, but also share their own experiences. In this way, the two countries hope to learn from each other and to start a productive discussion.

Highlights of the programme

Wednesday, 22 May: Tour of Groningen city - the group of Dutch and Chinese architects will have the opportunity to see Groningen's urban structure, which dates back to the early Middle Ages. Furthermore, the master class participants will discover Groningen’s gems – the works of famous architects from all over the world, for example Rem Koolhaas, Daniel Libeskind, Adolfo Natalini, and Alessandro Mendini who gave the city its most striking architectural gem: the Groninger Museum.

Thursday, 23 May: Introduction and guided tour of the University Medical Center (UMCG) - designed by Kruisheer Hallink Arends Architecten, Team 4 Architecten en Wytze Patijn Architecten, one of the unique features of the complex – now the second largest hospital in the Netherlands – is that it gradually replaced an older complex while remaining fully operational. The masterclass participants will hear about the renovation projects, which are now under way, UMCG’s future architectural ambitions, and follow a guided tour of the hospital.

Monday, 27 May: Visit to the Office of the State Architect of the Netherlands - the Office of the State Architect is responsible for the overall quality of architectural and urban projects in the Netherlands. It identified public health as one of those challenges and recognizes the key role architecture and, even more so, urban planning can play in various strategies of prevention and health promotion. Charles van Marrelo will share information with the participants about the role and ambition of the Office in this field.

More info: please see the brochure