Last year, I found a competition that I really wanted to do, but ran out of time. This year, I'm excited to see they're hosting another competition for a Family-Centered Cancer Care Environment. I hope to compete this year. You should to. Today's Writing101 prompt asks you to travel to a room, so I figured … Continue reading Imagining a Family Centered Cancer Care Environment
I don't run into it much, but there are still gender-bias and stereotypes in architecture. Sometimes it's from an employer (mine is not like that at all), sometimes it's from the guys on a construction site and sometimes, it's from the client. I didn't expect to find gender-bias in the design of a high-tech fertility clinic … Continue reading Gender Bias in Healthcare Design?
The Transformable Mobile Containment System (TMCS), showcased on the Discovery Channel's Daily Planet television show, inspired me from the moment I saw the clip. (Watch it here.) A self-contained shipping container, Excalibur Canada created a self-loading, self-leveling system complete with generator for electrical, and pumps. In the video, they set up a modular healthcare unit in an hour … Continue reading Sci-fi Architecture: what would you do with a Transformable Mobile Containment System?
If you've ever wondered about the difference between zoning and building code, especially if you're looking at a new site for a project, Lee Calisti has an amazing post over at his blog think|architect. It applies to Canada just as much as the United States.
I'm a bit delayed posting about Day 3 of the forum because I was catching up with work. While Day 1 and Day 2 were amazing, the speakers finished hard on day 3 of the UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum. I've learned so much from the packed day of speakers discussing what's happening around the world. Highlights of … Continue reading UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum: Day 3
I'm a bit delayed posting about Day 2 of the forum because I was catching up with work. While Day 1 was amazing, the speakers kept up the pace on day 2 of the UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum. I've learned so much from the packed day of speakers discussing what's happening around the world. Highlights of … Continue reading UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum: Day 2
The speakers were amazing on day 1 of the UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum. I've learned so much from the packed day of speakers discussing what's happening around the world. Highlights of my day included: my tour of the new Bridgepoint Hospital realizing how lucky I am to be in a country that has a public healthcare … Continue reading UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum: Day 1
LEED v4: Built to Perform I'm reading through the July edition of EDC Magazine. In general the magazine provides a great synopsis of buildings, providing how they scored on LEED and what rating they got. It also provides helpful information about trends, materials and details for design options. What caught my attention in this edition … Continue reading In the news: Sustainability
The Evolution of US Tribal Health Centers Healthcare Design Magazine interviews James Childers about "the legacy he’s building, as well as the process behind designing facilities that proudly demonstrate the tribal values and cultural wealth of a historically underserved population." (Healthcare Design Magazine: The Evolution of US Tribal Health Centers by Kristen D. Zeit.) Childers … Continue reading In the news: Healthcare Design
A Corian product rep sent me a link to Healing Machine - by Metropolis Magazine, which shows the design of Patient Room 2020 by David Ruthven and his team. It features a room design with technology, quality, safety and patient health in mind. Patient Room 2020 Patient Room 2020 is "a prototype hospital room on … Continue reading Patient Room 2020 – patient room of the future?
Remembering Joy I bought a bicycle last week. It's a beautiful and inexpensive 1950's single speed replica, but it's all I need. I live near Lake Ontario, and I wanted to take advantage of the lakeshore bike routes this summer, though I'm terrified of riding through the city. I haven't cycled since I was 14, … Continue reading Remembering Joy, Freedom and Inspiration
Update: The Conference Program is now available! Pick the PDF or the Website! Conference During September 24-27, 2013, Toronto is hosting the UIA/PHG Forum + GUPHA Meeting and conference, coinciding with IIDEX Toronto! This year's theme is Get Better and it's presented by the RAIC, Architecture Canada, and IIDEX. Registration is open! I'd love to meet … Continue reading 2013 UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum Conference Program
During September 24-27, 2013, Toronto is hosting the UIA/PHG Forum + GUPHA Meeting and conference, coinciding with IIDEX Toronto! This year's theme is Get Better and it's presented by the RAIC, Architecture Canada, and IIDEX. I've been on some of the committees for the event, and I can tell you some of the presentations are going … Continue reading Announcement: 2013 UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum
I don't know why she swallowed that fly. My job feels sometimes like I'm chasing down the logic behind decisions. We switched our software at work from a 2-dimensional computer-aided drafting (CAD) software program to a more robust and intelligent building information modeling (BIM) program. It's an interesting change, making you think about the building … Continue reading Decisions: Swallowing the spider to catch the fly
I received an email from the LinkedIn Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) & Quality Innovators group advertising an NICU design competition. You can download a PDF of the information package from the website: Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc. Design Competition. There are two categories for this competition - theoretical and actual facilities. From the website: … Continue reading Call for Entries: NICU Design Competition