Spaces of Birth and Death is a collaboration between academic architects, political philosophers, and academic medical practitioners (e.g. nurses, doctors, midwives, death/birth doulas, hospice staff). It is intended to develop a philosophical apparatus for understanding how key human values (like autonomy, freedom of association, and well-being) are distinctively promoted or hindered by the spaces in which we are born or die. It will allow us to build a framework for evaluating existing architectural or urban arrangements, and policy tools to help architects and planners make good choices when designing such spaces in future.
In the summer there are two one-day workshops: Spaces of Birthing in London on Friday 2nd June, and Spaces of Dying in Glasgow on Tuesday 27th June (hotel and travel expenses are covered in both locations for anyone who’s coming from afar). More information can be found here on the London Metropolitan University website.
If you are interested in assisting the team, please send your expression of interest to Dr Jane Clossick (email@example.com), Senior Lecturer in Architecture and they’ll send more information.