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Florence Nightingale, Victorian design and the treatment of Covid-19

As Covid-19 first swept the UK in March 2020, seven Nightingale field hospitals were rapidly constructed across the country. The design ideas behind these conversions of existing buildings can be traced back to principles set out by Florence Nightingale in the mid-19th century, which remain startlingly relevant today.

Words by Iria Suárez

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Iria Suárez

Iria Suárez is a design historian and multidisciplinary designer working within the field of architecture. She graduated from the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum with an MA in History of Design. She is interested in design and wellbeing, and her research focuses on the history of the design of children’s hospitals in London.