Hospital in a Garden by Timothy Beatley
Anyone who has had to spend time in a hospital knows well how discouraging and dismal hospital environments tend to be: they are places to be endured, and places that are the settings and backdrops for some of the most difficult times in our lives. At a point when we are most distressed, both as patients, and the parents and family of patients, the physical settings of these places further compounds the stress. They are often noisy places of artificial lights, machines that are buzzing and beeping (and typically one or more blaring televisions) and generally spaces that are at once sterile and depressing. But things are beginning to change and there has been emerging a very positive trend of designing hospitals and health facilities to take full advantage of the healing powers of nature.
On the Importance of Public Spaces on Grounds at the University of Virginia
Across the country, wealthy donors and philanthropists are funding public spaces. In New York City, for instance, a wealthy donor is underwriting a new public park in Chelsea. Commentators have noted that the plan for the park includes amphitheaters and gardens—amenities for wealthy patrons who do not need parks for exercise, family gatherings, and other social functions. In Philadelphia, philanthropists are redeveloping the riverfront; in Houston, a green corridor. In Tulsa, a billionaire is financing an entire park system. In Salt Lake City, the Church of Latter-Day Saints purchased a block of the downtown. And across the United States, commercial spaces such as shopping malls are replacing public spaces such as town squares. The poor and the middle class will not be denied access to these spaces, of course, but one might wonder whether these spaces will feel welcoming to the poor and middle class. One might worry that these spaces will become “playgrounds for the rich,” leaving the poor and middle class feeling like spectators or, worse, trespassers.
Architecture as Medicine: The UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital, A Case Study
Architecture as Medicine is a case study of an innovative University of Florida cancer hospital, focusing on its many patient-centered design features as well as the highly effective planning process and construction management strategy involved in its realization.
The ‘Magic Desk’ and Clinician-Patient Interactions
Daniel M. Becker is the Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Humanities, the Tussi and John Kluge Professor of Palliative Medicine, a Professor of Medicine in the Division of General Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, and founding editor and current poetry editor of Hospital Drive.
Pam DeGuzman | CDH Fellow Blog Post
Perceptions of the built environment may influence health outcomes more than actual crime rates.
Pam DeGuzman’s Center for Design and Health fellowship work is focused on exploring the impact of perceptions of neighborhood crime, as opposed to actual crime rates, on the health of women living in highly urban, low-income United States neighborhoods.