Inhabiting Spaces

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25 October 2021

The lecture series dedicated to "Culture and Health", the course of USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, open to the public and carried out in collaboration with the City of Lugano Arts Department and IBSA Foundation for Scientific Research, continues. The second lecture will be held on Monday, 25 October 2021 (in Italian). It will focus on the theme "Inhabiting Spaces - The salutogenic theory on the role of architecture and the impact of the built environment on health and well-being".

The lecture will be introduced and moderated by Prof. Enzo Grossi, author of "Cultura e salute, la partecipazione culturale come strumento per un nuovo welfare". The guest speaker will be Alan Dilani, Salutogenic Designer, who will give an introductory key-note speech on the lecture's theme. The presentation will offer the cue for exchange between Mario Botta, Swiss Architect and Sculptor, and Silke Gillessen Sommer, Oncologist, Medical and Scientific Director at IOSI and Professor at the USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences.

The meeting will take place from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in the Lugano East Campus Multipurpose Room.

No registration is required to attend the course.

Please note: Access only with Covid certificate (age 16 and over), mask compulsory.

Lecture content

Architecture can positively or negatively affect the quality of life and, therefore, health. Several studies address this relationship. Salutogenic design is based on a greater awareness of the impact of the surrounding environment on human health and well-being. The lecture aims to present and discuss how and which elements - such as the link between access to natural light and blood pressure, between overcrowding or chronic noise and psychological stress - can be better addressed in the design and thus in the realisation of a building in which human beings live, work, heal, learn or play.


Alan Dilani

A senior researcher on the interdisciplinary interaction between design and health. He developed and implemented the theory of the Salutogenic Design approach at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, which has been successfully adapted to design and public health projects around the world with a positive impact on human health and well-being. Alan Dilani is a founder of the International Academy for Design and Health (IADH) and World Health Design magazine.

Mario Botta

Swiss architect and sculptor among the most respected in the world. Professor at the Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, in 1996, he was among the founders of the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, where he served as director. In 2005, he founded the Teatro dell'Architettura, which, with its new premises, has been hosting major exhibitions and cultural events since 2018.

Silke Gillessen Sommer

In 2011, she was granted the title of full professor at the University of Bern. Before her appointment, in 2019, as Medical and Scientific Director at IOSI and full professor at USI Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, she was a professor at the University of Manchester in the Division of Cancer Sciences, responsible for research in the systemic therapy of genito-urological cancers, also performing mentoring activities and dealing with post-doctoral training.