New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) has announced an exhibition called Maggie's Centres: A Blueprint for Cancer Care, on view from March 7-April 25, 2014, at the NYSID Gallery. This exhibition will focus on five facilities, conceived by the late Maggie Keswick Jencks and her husband Charles Jencks in response to her experience with cancer. Built on cancer hospital campuses, the centers provide social and emotional support to patients and their friends and family within a relaxed atmosphere. The first Maggie’s Centre opened in 1996 in Edinburgh, Scotland, a year after Maggie Jencks’ death. There are now 17 centers, with many in the United Kingdom.
“Maggie’s offers an essential service to those with cancer, and we wanted to shine a light on the important work they do and bring it to a U.S. audience,” NYSID president David Sprouls said in a statement.
The exhibition will highlight five centers:
Maggie’s Dundee in Scotland, a white cottage-like building designed by Frank Gehry and accented with a labyrinth garden courtesy of landscape architect Arabella Lenox-Boyd
Maggie’s West London, whose design by Richard Rogers of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners is inspired by the concept of a heart nestled in the protective wrap of a building’s four walls
Maggie’s Gartnavel, in Glasgow, Scotland, designed by Rem Koolhaas and his firm OMA to minimize the need for corridors and hallways and allowing rooms to flow from one to another; Lily Jencks, daughter of Maggie Keswick Jencks and Charles Jencks, designed the internal courtyard plantings and the wooded areas surrounding the center.
Maggie’s Nottingham, an unusually shaped, bright green building designed by Piers Gough with colorful, eclectic interiors by fashion designer Paul Smith
The planned Maggie’s Barts, designed by architect Steven Holl near St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London, with the exterior created from lit matte glass organized in horizontal bands like a musical staff
Three related lectures will accompany the exhibit:
Charles Jencks: Can Architecture Affect Your Health?
Thursday, March 6, 6 p.m.
Michael Graves: A Case for Humanistic Solutions in Healthcare Design
Wednesday, March 26, 6:30 p.m.
Contemporary Art in Healthcare Environments, featuring Jennifer Finkel, curator of the Cleveland Clinic Art Program, and Diane Brown, founder and president of RxArt
Wednesday, April 23, 6:30 p.m.