The  Architecture of Hope

The Architecture of Hope by Charles Jencks

Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres

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Format: Hardback, 256 Pages
ISBN: 9780711236356
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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THE ARCHITECTURE OF HOPE focuses on an exciting building project that has been underway since the mid-1990s - new cancer caring centres that offer a fresh approach to both architecture and health. Named after Maggie Keswick and co-founded with her husband, the writer and landscape designer Charles Jencks, these centres aim to be situated at all the major British hospitals that treat cancer.

Already sixteen have been completed, with at least seven more the pipeline. Starting in Scotland, where the first were built, they have implications well beyond their modest size and origins. Complementary to NHS hospitals, they present a face that is welcoming, risk-taking, aesthetic and life-affirming; and with their commitment to the other arts, including landscape, they bring in the full panoply of constructive means.

Maggie's Centres are a new mixed building type for healing that have different roots in the past. As Jencks and Heathcote show, this hybrid quality is a response to the condition of cancer; its myriad causes and bewildering number of possible therapies. The 'architecture of hope' is this new emergent hybrid genre, consisting of various metaphors that correspond in kind to the many different types of cancer and their various treatments.

The Centres have been designed by celebrity architects, including Richard Murphy, Page and Park, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Richard Rogers, Richard MacCormac, the late Kisho Kurokawa, Piers Gough, Wilkinson Eyre and Rem Koolhaas. Additional Centres are being planned by Norman Foster & Partners, Thomas Heatherwick and Steven Holl.

The Centres are committed first to helping cancer sufferers help themselves, to inspiring carers to care more, and secondly to architecture. It is the arts and building, important allies in the perennial struggle with cancer, that lead to the 'architecture of hope'. As people walk into a centre after a diagnosis, or enervating treatment, often disoriented and lacking in self-confidence, they enter another world which acknowledges their importance and a basic condition that may become prevalent: living with cancer and not losing hope.

This is a new edition of The Architecture of Hope, first published in 2010, but now completely updated and redesigned with new material throughout, and additional essays about the role of art at Maggie's and about the gardens and landscaping. There is also a new section showcasing the way architecture students have responded to the Maggie's brief.

Charles Jencks is the author of several best-selling books on architecture. He divides his time between lecturing, writing and designing in the USA, in the UK and in Europe.

To visit Charles Jencks' website click here

Format: Hardback, 256 Pages
ISBN: 9780711236356
Illustrations: 400 photographs, plans and illustrations
Size: 9.055 in x 11.024 in / 230 mm x 280 mm

Introduction: The Potion Called Hope


The Architecture of Hope, Charles Jencks

Building a Life Beyond Cancer, Laura Lee

Architecture and Health, Edwin Heathcote

Art at Maggie’s, Richard Cork

The Garden Essences, Angie Butterfield


Edinburgh, Richard Murphy

Glasgow, Page and Park

Dundee, Frank Gehry

Inverness, Page and Park

Fife, Zaha Hadid

London, Richard Rogers

Cheltenham, Richard MacCormac

Gartnavel, Rem Koolhaas

Nottingham, Piers Gough

Swansea, Kisho Kurokawa

Hong Kong, Frank Gehry

Newcastle, Ted Cullinan

Aberdeen, Snohetta

Merseyside, Carmody Groarke

Lanarkshire, Reiach and Hall

Oxford, Wilkinson Eyre


London St Barts, Stephen Holl

Leeds, Thomas Heatherwick

Cardiff, Dow Jones

Forth Valley, Nord

Manchester, Norman Foster

Southampton ALA

Barcelona, Benedetta Tagliabule


Uplifting Architecture, Charles Page

The Students Speak, Ann Heylighen

Notes on Growth



"What you all have created, in terms of architecture, is a community statement to patients and carers that Your Life Matters. Walking from the hospital into Maggie's is a concretization of hope - just as the daffodil reminds us of spring."

Senior Vice President, The Wellness Community in Santa Monica