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Sustainability Considered a Given

August 30, 2010


For those who think sustainable design differentiates you, or maybe that sustainable design is not yet here to saty:  wake up. Green design is a given. Fast Company interviewed Clive Roux, the chief of the Industrial Designers Society of America, which runs the International Design Excellence Awards (IDEAs), and during this year’s awards he was […]

Healthcare Design Activism

August 28, 2010


Sometimes I think what healtcare design needs is a dose of levity to institute change. Rarely does anyone single out the institution which sometimes stands at the intersection of commercial and societal trends.  Hospitals do so much good, how could anyone pick a fight with them? Maybe from time to time someone should, along with the architects, engineers and […]

Specialist or Generalist?

August 27, 2010


Entire business models center around this very question:  specialist or generalist? Professional service providers live and die by this position, and yet choosing one inevitably leads to ‘the grass is always greener’ scenario. I have been on a team that was turned down for a cancer center project not because we did not have cancer […]

Scott Adams Greenwashed?

August 26, 2010


Writer and artist Scott Adams, creator of the Dilbert comic, has a unique perspective to sustainable design with his own house as a case study.  He offers it up in the Wall Street Journal blended with his usual brand of sarcastic but light-hearted humor.  Enjoy!

Dusting Off the Master Plan

August 25, 2010


Let’s face it:  the old 15, 20, 25-year master plan is dead. It is simply too difficult to plan that far into the future. No one knows what healthcare will look like five years out. Given the speed of information and industry change, forcasting is minimally fruitful due to its relative inaccuracy. Technologic, informational, economic and legislative […]

Your Name, DOeS, IT Ma, TTer

August 23, 2010


The design and construction profession is guilty of credential envy. Healthcare pros flat out blow anyone out of the water in the letters-after-the-name-department. Who can match the BSN, FACHE, ACHA, MHSc, RN CRRN, BCOP, CEN, NE-BC, ad nauseum? These represent a fraction of the letter combos I saw at a recent healthcare conference. And what […]

IT Potential Construction Fatal Flaw

August 21, 2010


In Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets, Barry LePatner’s book on the construction industry, builders are a large focus because according to the author, they operate suboptimally in many respects, but particularly in using information technology (IT) to their advantage. Early in the book LePatner cites a surprising stat on productivity:  32% of time spent on U.S. construction sites is […]