There is no place like home
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Alberti claimed that a house is a small city. Perhaps, then, he would agree with my assertion that hospitals are heterotopias. We have seen how the spaces of the hospital operated as a kind of countersite or dystopian image of the metropolis. Here I want to think about the aesthetics of the hospital – its phenomenological presence. In other words, how it was encountered as a physical object in the urban topography and how its interior spaces were experienced by its occupants and by the range of publics who passed through it. My frame for this investigation is the discourse around the notion of home. The conflation of domestic and (in the broadest sense) medical space has been considered in terms of magnificence and luxury and intentionality.1 Interrogating this material through the lens of the concept of home presents a different set of interpretations and meanings that complements and enriches these other points of view.