Living With Buildings: And Walking With Ghosts review – healthy building, healthy mind?

Iain Sinclair feeds us a rich diet of shrewd insights on contemporary living

There was, in the years of peak Blair, an organisation called the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe). (It still exists, shrivelled by cuts, as a department of the Design Council.) While it had the laudable aim of raising the quality of the places in which we spend our lives, it tried, in the spirit of the age, to make its case with reference to outputs and outcomes. It wasn’t, for example, sufficient to say that hospital patients should be in good spaces because good spaces are good. Measurable indices had to be sought, proving the link between design and health that common sense tells us must be there.

Now Iain Sinclair, a very different beast from Cabe, has been exploring (the blurb says) “the relationship between our health and the buildings that ...