Cure and care at the cradle of innovation


  • Daniela Arnaut University of Lisbon




Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


“Illness is the night-side of life” tying one’s up in its own body and weaknesses leading either to curative or care spaces that instead of bringing hope bring to mind loneliness and death. Even if the tendency is to believe in the efficiency of medical processes, the collective memory of healthcare buildings is related to discomfort. Ill bodies enter a machine where they are homogenized, losing autonomy and privacy. Intimacy is exposed in a public domain. In healthcare buildings the focus is on medical procedure and not on the prostrate body, which is the real origin and dimensional parameter of these spaces

How to Cite

Arnaut, D. (2021). Cure and care at the cradle of innovation. Docomomo Journal, (62), 4–5.






Author Biography

Daniela Arnaut, University of Lisbon

Architect and Assistant Guest Professor of Architectural Design Studio since 2009 at Técnico, Lisbon University. PhD candidate at the same university regarding 20th century Portuguese healthcare architecture. In 2016 she was the Executive Coordinator of the International Workshop of the 14th International docomomo Conference, in Lisbon, where she was co-session chair for “The Modern healthcare architecture: obsolescence and transformation”.