Imagining a Family Centered Cancer Care Environment

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 I’d start wondering what a cancer care space, inpatient or … Continue reading Imagining a Family Centered Cancer Care Environment

Gender Bias in Healthcare Design?

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 in Greece. The design Is super clean and high-tech, reflecting … Continue reading Gender Bias in Healthcare Design?

Sci-fi Architecture: what would you do with a Transformable Mobile Containment System?

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 before investors, a system that could be shipped anywhere in … Continue reading Sci-fi Architecture: what would you do with a Transformable Mobile Containment System?

zoning vs building code :: what is the difference?

Originally posted on think | architect:
Please pardon the break from my esoteric soap box to address something important that comes up often in my practice. I have slipped in a few sarcastic statements if you’d like to count them – consider it a game. Frequently I have property owners (or soon to be property owners) contact me interested in developing property or renovating an existing… Continue reading zoning vs building code :: what is the difference?

UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum: Day 3

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 my day included: learning about telomeres from Dr. Elaine Chin … Continue reading UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum: Day 3

UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum: Day 2

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 my day included: watching Virginian Burt present her work on … Continue reading UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum: Day 2

UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum: Day 1

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 system explaining to a man from Paris that Canada and … Continue reading UIA/PHG Healthcare Forum: Day 1

In the news: Healthcare Design

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 talks about how he created facilities that represented each tribe … Continue reading In the news: Healthcare Design

Remembering Joy, Freedom and Inspiration

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, but for some unknown reason, I wanted to ride again. … Continue reading Remembering Joy, Freedom and Inspiration

Decisions: Swallowing the spider to catch the fly

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 as a three-dimensional object rather than as a series of … Continue reading Decisions: Swallowing the spider to catch the fly

Call for Entries: NICU Design Competition

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: Eligibility: 2013 Patient & Family Centered NICU Design Competition is … Continue reading Call for Entries: NICU Design Competition

Spring time in Liberty Village

Vines before leaves, a photo by quirkycity on Flickr. Just a quick note to let you know I’ve got some new pictures up on my Flickr site. Spring is here in Liberty Village, and my friend Rachel and I have gone around photographing some of the interesting old factories. It’s a bit like the Distillery District, but without the need for a photography permit. So, … Continue reading Spring time in Liberty Village

Hospital Design and Build Resource

I found some interesting articles at hospitalinfrabiz.com – India’s Exclusive Hospital Infrastructure Business Portal  – and thought I’d share them with you. You can read them on their “Hospital Design and Build” page. Of particular interest, I found the summary article “Top 10 Evidence-Based Design Features that Improve Healthcare Outcomes” engaging, as it was co-written with members of the Center for Health Design. The following … Continue reading Hospital Design and Build Resource

Day-lit Operating Rooms, Commitment Rules and a Case Study

A few articles on healthcare caught my attention this week.Two are about architecture and one is about the policies surrounding commitment for mental illnesses. Sunny Disposition by Green Health Magazine  In one of my LinkedIn groups, someone asked whether or not having naturally lit Operation Rooms was beneficial. It sparked a whole series of comments from various designers, including one who pointed to the article … Continue reading Day-lit Operating Rooms, Commitment Rules and a Case Study