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The Covert Life of Hospital Architecture

A strong visual text that makes research on hospital architecture comprehensible.

This book addresses hospital architecture as a set of interlocked, overlapping spatial and social conditions, identifying ways that hospital spaces work to produce desired outcomes such as greater patient safety, increased care provider communication, and more intelligible corridors.
The volume brings together emerging research on hospital environments. Opening with a description of hospital architecture that emphasizes everyday relations, the book examines the patient room and its intervisibility with adjacent spaces, care teams and on-ward support for their work, and the intelligibility of public circulation spaces for visitors. The final chapter moves outside the hospital to describe the current healthcare crisis of the global pandemic. Reflective essays by practicing designers follow each chapter, bringing perspectives from professional practice into the discussion.
This volume provides new insights into how to better design hospitals through principles that have been tested empirically. It will become a reference for healthcare planners, designers, architects, and administrators, as well as for readers from sociology, psychology, and other areas of the social sciences.

192 pages | 51 color plates | 6.14 x 9.21 | © 2022

Architecture: Architecture--Criticism

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Table of Contents

Dedication Julie Zook; Kerstin Sailer Acknowledgements Julie Zook; Kerstin Sailer Foreword Jeri Brittin List of Figures Contributor List PART I 1.1. The Spatial Dimension of Hospital Life Julie Zook PART II: PILLOW 2.1. Introduction Julie Zook 2.2. The Patient and the Reciprocal View Michelle Ossmann 2.3. Reflective essay: The Evolution of Surveillance in Hospital Design George Tingwald PART III: TABLE 3.1. Introduction Julie Zook 3.2. Working Together in Healthcare Space Rosica Pachilova and Kerstin Sailer 3.3. Reflective Essay: Spatial Intelligence to Support a Team-of-Teams Ecosystem: Relevance and Need in Practice Upali Nanda PART IV: HALLWAY 4.1. Introduction Julie Zook 4.2. The Visitor and Hospital Corridor Design Julie Zook and Sonit Bafna 4.3 Reflective Essay: Designing a Human-Centred Hospital Wayfinding System Carlo Giannasca PART V: OUTLOOK 5.1 The Social Logic of Spaces for Health: The Relational Hospital as a Response to COVID-19 Kerstin Sailer Index

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