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The Spaces of the Hospital

Spatiality and Urban Change in London 1680-1820

By Dana Arnold

Routledge – 2013 – 176 pages

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Description

The Spaces of the Hospital examines how hospitals operated as a complex category of social, urban and architectural space in London from 1680 to 1820. This period witnessed the transformation of the city into a modern metropolis. The hospital was very much part of this process and its spaces, both interior and exterior, help us to understand these changes in terms of spatiality and spatial practices.

Exploring the hospital through a series of thematic case studies, Dana Arnold presents a theoretically refined reading of how these institutions both functioned as internal discrete locations and interacted with the metropolis. Examples range from the grand royal military hospital, those concerned with the destitute and the insane and the new cultural phenomenon of the voluntary hospital.

This engaging book makes an important contribution to our understanding of urban space and of London, uniquely examining how different theoretical paradigms reveal parallel readings of these remarkable hospital buildings.

Contents

Introduction 1. The Spaces of the Hospital 2. Heterotopias 3. There is no Place like Home 4. Matter out of Place 5. The Gift: Dare Quam Accipere 6. The Complete Urbanisation of Society Bibliography Index

Author Bio

Dana Arnold is Professor of Architectural History and Theory at Middlesex University, London. Her other writings on London include Rural Urbanism: London landscapes in the early nineteenth century (2006) and Representing the Metropolis: Architecture, urban experience and social life in London 1800-1840 (2000).

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Description: By Dana Arnold. The Spaces of the Hospital examines how hospitals operated as a complex category of social, urban and architectural space in London from 1680 to 1820. This period witnessed the transformation of the city into a modern metropolis. The hospital was very...
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