DADo 2018 Film Season

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Session 2: 16 May

Building Hope: The Maggie’s Centres

2016, Dir. Sarah Howitt, 59 mins, English.

Building Hope: The Maggie’s Centres is a beautifully shot film, directed by award-winning director Sarah Howitt, and tells the story of Maggie’s approach to cancer care and the role that great design plays in the cancer support we offer.

In 1993, Maggie Keswick Jencks was diagnosed with terminal cancer and was told she had three months to live. Maggie, from Dumfriesshire, realised there had to be a better way and spent the last year of her life working on an idea for a cancer care centre which she hoped would change the lives of other people with cancer, as well as their family and friends. The blueprints for the original Centre in Edinburgh were lying on her bed the day she died in 1995.

Since then the most prominent names in architecture have designed astonishing landmark buildings bearing her name across the UK, including London, and internationally in Japan and Hong Kong.

This documentary features interviews with world-renowned architects Frank Gehry, Norman Foster and Richard Rogers.

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Guest Speaker: Alan Pert

Alan Pert is the director of the Melbourne School of Design, The University of Melbourne, and director of architecture practice NORD (Northern Office for Research and Design). His current projects include a Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre and an 18-bed Palliative Care Hospice in the UK and a major regeneration project for the ‘potteries’ in Stoke on Trent, England. Alan is also a partner in the AHRC funded ‘Invisible College’ project, which brings together academics, policy makers, artists and local people to tackle issues of regeneration, conservation and education.


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