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End of life

A 2010 Guardian headline posed the question, “Maggie’s Centres: can architecture cure cancer?” Architecture is not prescribed to treat illness but Maggie’s Centres create built environments where carers and the cared for can have an experience of life that isn’t medicalised or institutionalised. Co-founded by Maggie Keswick Jencks, who died of breast cancer in 1995, and her husband architecture critic Charles Jencks, the architectural strategies of Maggie’s Centres are not just for end-of-life care but offer support for anyone undergoing therapy for cancer. These spaces help people absorb, reflect and accommodate the changed world created by cancer diagnosis.

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