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BUILDING CANCER PATIENTS' FUTURE_ROTTERDAM (NL 2010)
BOUWEN AAN DE TOEKOMST VOOR MENSEN MET KANKER_ ROTTERDAM (NL 2010)

 

 

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85 participants followed the invitation of the Netherlands Architecture Fund, SFA to the first symposium over 'cancer and architecture'. Already with the very personally designed invitation flyer of artist, Jonmar van Vlijmen, the symposium disclosed its very special and patient-centered commitment.

The participants represented the fields of architecture, medicine, science and patient representation, a fact that led to a multifaceted discussion over the environmental factors that influence cancer patients’ wellbeing and distress. These factors played the central role in kopvols' research by design 'Architecture as 2nd body' and the new care-building typology, that was also introduced on the symposium.

'The girl with the 9 wigs', author and ex-cancer-patient Sophie van der Stap touched the public with her personal experiences in her cancer clinic and her authentic statement that 'the wall paint had no effect on my recuperation but sometimes caused my nausea'.
Director of the University Oncology Center in Maastricht, Prof. Dr. Maarten von Meyenfeldt convinced the architects that it is worth to put energy in the search for an engaged discussion partner on the medical side. He also accused bureaucracy, that often blocks even the best plans and demoralizes the doctor-architect team.
Dr. Bram Kuiper
from the Helen Dowling psycho-oncologic treatment center in Utrecht demanded in the name of the patients 'a building as a friend'. He holds the believe that the built environment can support patients' coping with caner and strives for the integration of applicable aspects in his building plans.
Finally the pre-design of Luuk de Boer, director of United Architects, for the new Roparun Rijnmond Centre in Rotterdam, which has to offer divers paramedical services to cancer patients and their families under one roof, was discussed controversially.

 

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guest speakers (right to left): Dr. Bram Kuiper, Prof. Maarten von Meyenfeldt,
Dr. Tanja C. Vollmer 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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