Utrecht is the first large, medieval city in the northern Netherlands, with clear roots in the Roman and early medieval periods. The city has long been a explorer and frontrunner when it comes to urban life, architecture and urban planning.

With the new exhibition The healthy city, we celebrate the 900th anniversary of Utrecht, and choose the angle; healthy urban life throughout the centuries. Because the search for a healthy living environment is of all times. According to the medieval health doctrine, that remained valid until the nineteenth century, the human body consisted of four bodily fluids (humors) whose mutual relationship determined what kind of character a person had.  

This vision of health was reflected in the healthy city, because a city also had to be kept in balance. In addition, flow was of vital importance, so that there was sufficient clean air and drinking water. In short, people and the environment had to be in balance with each other. And although nowadays the human body and the development of diseases are looked at very differently, balance with the (immediate) living environment is still of great importance. Searching for balance or balance is a nice metaphor for the functioning of the (healthy) city. Then, now and in the future.