BERTHA BENZ LECTURE
In insightful examples of architecture of health care facilities and hospitals from past and present, architectural psychologist Tanja C. Vollmer examines the concept of ‘healing architecture’. The researcher’s goal is to point out the interfaces between technical sciences and human sciences and to work out their cross-breeding potential. For years she has been committed to science-based and people-oriented architectural research in order to “move from a trend to a sustainable and serious design concept”. Her lecture is the 35th in the Bertha Benz series, in which outstanding women in German science and politics, have been making current research debates accessible to a broad public for over 30 years, including Christiane Woopen and Angela Merkel. The lecture is published as ‘Healing Architecture – Desire or Reality’ (Vollmer, 2018) in paperback.