RIBA + VitrA Talk: The Third Carer – a vision for a new type of hospital



The vision for the hospital of the future celebrates the art of care. The idea of a space that nurtures and welcomes every individual who uses the space, from the staff, patients, and carers. Living Systems by Ab Rogers Design draws on his extensive experience over the years creating environments for retail, hospitality, and exhibition installations. This knowledge has informed his Living Systems proposal, creating an experiential concept that is a practical as well as holistic approach to the space.

This is a recording of an event that took place on 26 September 2022.

About the speaker
Ab Rogers won the Wolfson Economics Prize in 2021. His proposal was asked to “radically improve” hospitals for patients and staff. Rogers’ approach is collaborative in his response and looks at the building as a ‘third carer’ alongside the medical staff that work to treat and support patients and the public. These hospitals will support the community both in body and mind and adapt to suit the diverse needs of the public that use the building. The hospital will be designed to maximise the exposure to natural light as well as provide spaces for nature to enhance the space.

The Q&A portion of the event was hosted by Neurologist and Neuroscientist Dr Laura Benjamin, Principle Clinical Research Fellow (Associate Professor), UCL, who was a key member of the panel of expert advisors that consulted on the studio’s Wolfson Prize submission.

This event is part of our Well Being: Well Built series of talks for the RIBA + VitrA Partnership.

This partnership reflects a shared commitment to add social, economic and cultural value to society, and VitrA Bathrooms are proud to be supporting such an inspiring programme.

With innovation at its core, a global reach and a tradition of collaborating with celebrated architects and designers, the VitrA bathroom brand has become a world leader, synonymous with contemporary sophistication since the mid-1900s.

Visit our website to learn more about the RIBA + VitrA Talks series, including upcoming events: https://www.architecture.com/campaign/riba-vitra-talks

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