I ran across this cool interactive guideline for patient rooms (including med surg, ICU and maternity) on the Center for Health Design’s site It offers evidence based design strategies for elements in the room based on the desirable outcomes of users (for example how walls can both reduce patient stress and anxiety and improve job satisfaction). Seasoned…
There is already enough architecture in the world. Hell, there are probably enough architects too.
I believe that I am part of a generation of designers who must candidly prove our worth. Our time comes as our culture is absorbed by desire. Manufactured lifestyles endorsed by influential figures aim to sway audiences who struggle to weigh needs versus wants. Amongst the noise, we must answer why the work we do is necessary, let alone worth paying for. As designers, we are tasked with addressing a world bequeathed to us by those who have held it in an expendable regard for so long. It is not news that the resources our current environments depend on will run out. Unfortunately, the instant gratification way of living will not be as easy to end.
I am a healthcare architect who believes healthcare design is more than building hospitals and clinics. Healthcare is in everything we design from our cities and neighborhoods to the products we use to sustain them. The aspiration for global health is no isolated undertaking, creatives and clinicians must work together to fix the errs of our previous constructed ways. Good design comes from thoughtful response to complex problems and we live in a time when there are many to address.
I believe that we must be mindful of health in order to successfully improve our environment. Health cannot be defined as either good or bad, as it is not simply black or white. There is relief in healing just as there is peace in passing. Throughout our lives we learn to endure. There is no excuse or time to be passive. We must strive to create spaces to live fulfilling lives.
Our time is short, our task is huge. Health is my obsession, design is my remedy.