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Great Outdoors & Healing

April 29, 2010


Evidence-based design has been proving the benefits of nature in healing for some time. Healing gardens are popular ways of buiding the outdoors into the treatment environment. In addition, growing your own food and urban farming have been catching on in cities, both as a way to fight hunger, but also to combat various urban […]

Construction Industry Slow to Adopt

April 27, 2010


In 1991, Geoffrey Moore wrote an important book called “Crossing the Chasm”, which discussed how technology should be marketed for maximum success. The Technology Adoption Life Cycle (TALC) shows that it takes  critical mass to get a product, or any new idea, traction in the marketplace.   This diagram explains Moore’s focus:  the quicker a company can “cross the […]

HC Design Competition Deadline Today

April 26, 2010


The Florida Foundation for Architecture is sponsoring a design competition with a healthcare theme:  “Health Care Clinic for the Homeless”.  The deadline to register is today for a very affordable $25, but the design submissions are not due today. Designs are due June 7 (six weeks of solid design time!) with winners announced at the AIA Florida […]

Why So Few LEED Certified Hospitals?

April 23, 2010


At my last count there were 24 LEED Certified primary healthcare facilities (“hospitals” or “medical centers” in United States Green Building Council terminology); this excludes MOBs and outpatient clinics. I am skeptical of the numbers thrown around in the media for LEED registered and certified buildings, so I rely on what I can access from the […]

IPD and Design-Build: A Manifesto

April 22, 2010


Around the house, when an unfamiliar project comes along, most handymen will jump at the chance to buy a new tool. Do-it-yourselfers know there are tens of thousands of tools, each tailored to do a specific purpose, and nothing is more frustrating than tackling a project with the wrong tool—a tool you know is not […]


April 20, 2010


What do all those letters mean, you ask?  This week the American Institute of Architects’ Design-Build Knowledge Community (DBKC) changed its name to the Project Delivery Knowledge Community (PDKC) as a nod to an “expanded mission” that includes, but does not necessarily focus on, design-build.  Of note for architects, and anyone else interested in tapping […]

Fast Company’s Hospital of the Future

April 19, 2010


Visions of the future typically fall into the ‘talk is cheap’ category in my book. I appreciate them for the guts it takes to take a stab in the dark, but the people who make projections rarely get critiqued, and even when they are right, the idea guys are not often rewarded. Ultimately, there is […]

Business Acumen and Your Design Team

April 15, 2010


Architects, engineers and contractors love to jump in and do projects:  architects want to start sketching, engineers want to run calculations and contractors want them both done yesterday so they can put things together already. Yet even the most socially gifted of the bunch would rarely broach the question:  are we doing the right thing, providing […]