Archinect - News 2015-11-27T12:39:36-05:00 Sick people in Scandinavia can check into these "patient hotels" as hospital alternatives Justine Testado 2015-11-13T15:37:00-05:00 >2015-11-18T00:42:02-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Over the last few years, we&rsquo;ve all finally admitted that hospitals are depressing, sometimes toxic places...[But] what if the solution is to redesign the building itself?...Since the late 1980&rsquo;s, hotels&mdash;not hospitals&mdash;specifically designed for sick people have been popping up throughout Scandinavia. In [some countries,] a patient&rsquo;s stay is free, covered by national insurance...Accommodations at patient hotels resemble most traditional 3-star hotel properties.</p></em><br /><br /><p>More about health-related design on Archinect:</p><p><a title="Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Jason Danziger heals psychosis with design</a></p><p><a title="How urban designers can better address mental health in their work, according to a new think tank" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How urban designers can better address mental health in their work, according to a new think tank</a></p><p><a title="Preventing disease and upholding public health through architecture" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preventing disease and upholding public health through architecture</a></p><p><a title="Construction kicks off for Steven Holl-designed Maggie's Centre Barts in London" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Construction kicks off for Steven Holl-designed Maggie's Centre Barts in London</a></p><p><a title="Michael Graves' Vision: Making Hospitals More Fashionable" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves' Vision: Making Hospitals More Fashionable</a></p> Melbourne is world’s most liveable city for fifth consecutive year Alexander Walter 2015-08-20T15:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-25T18:23:40-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="296" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In any event, it's as you were for the "haves" at the top of list, with Melbourne taking the top spot for a fifth year running, with Vienna, Vancouver, Toronto and Adelaide/Calgary (tied at 5) completing the top five most livable cities in 2015. [...] these cities have "relatively few challenges to living standards," and enjoy a good infrastructure, healthcare system and a low murder rate. Unsurprisingly, Damascus remains the least livable city, with Syria embroiled in a bloody civil war.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Other articles related to <em>liveability</em> on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Think you live in a nice county? Find out where it stands on the nationwide Natural Amenities Index.</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Planning for Local and Liveable Neighbourhoods in Melbourne</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Is Jan Gehl winning his battle to make our cities liveable?</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Melbourne named world&rsquo;s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year</a></li></ul> Construction kicks off for Steven Holl-designed Maggie's Centre Barts in London Justine Testado 2015-06-11T20:25:00-04:00 >2015-06-12T12:36:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="278" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>A groundbreaking ceremony yesterday marked the beginning of construction for the new&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Maggie's</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> Centre</a> Barts that's coming to Northeast London next year. The 18 Maggie's Centres across the UK offer free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their loved ones. During the ceremony, a large banner thanking everyone involved in the project was unveiled on site and a time capsule to be opened in 2065 was compiled -- in tradition with every Centre that is built. The capsule consisted of a signed watercolor print from Steven Holl, framed Hong Kong bank notes from British bank institution HSBC, and archive materials from St. Bartholomew&rsquo;s Hospital.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The new Centre will be built on a 725 m2 site within the richly historic grounds of the 12th-century St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London's oldest hospital. With Steven Holl commissioned for architectural design in association with UK firm JM Architects, the Barts Centre will be a more vertical "vessel within a vessel withi...</p> MASS Design Group's new Open-Air Clinics in Haiti, reviewed by Michael Kimmelman Alexander Walter 2014-12-29T14:10:00-05:00 >2014-12-30T10:20:07-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The clinics here are simple, even handsome. Instead of constructing hermetic shields in the form of airtight, inflexible hospital buildings, the architects took advantage of Haiti&rsquo;s Caribbean environment, exploiting island cross breezes to heal patients and aid caregivers. It&rsquo;s not clear yet how well the clinics will work. [...] If they turn out right, they could serve as relatively light-footed models for other struggling countries that lack resources for high-end Western-style hospitals.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Texas A&M architecture students design portable Ebola treatment clinics Alexander Walter 2014-09-23T12:47:00-04:00 >2014-09-23T13:45:30-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="349" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Design concepts for portable, rapidly deployable Ebola virus treatment clinics created by Texas A&amp;M Master of Architecture students will be unveiled at a 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24 presentation on the fourth floor of the Langford Architecture Center&rsquo;s Building A on the Texas A&amp;M campus.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Melbourne named world’s most liveable city for fourth consecutive year Alexander Walter 2014-08-19T19:10:00-04:00 >2014-08-19T20:37:22-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) claims its annual Liveability Survey could be used to "assign a hardship allowance as part of expatriate relocation packages," among other things. But that needn't apply to those in Melbourne, which for the fourth year running has been declared the best city in the world to live. The Australian culture hub was buoyed by superlative healthcare, infrastructure and education as well as a murder rate of 3.1 per 100,000 people, half the global average of 6.2.</p></em><br /><br /><p>While three Canadian cities made the ranking's top 10 (again), U.S. cities keep failing to score high.</p><p>The world's top cities for liveability are:</p><p>1. Melbourne, Australia</p><p>2. Vienna, Austria</p><p>3. Vancouver, Canada</p><p>4. Toronto, Canada</p><p>=5. Adelaide, Australia</p><p>=5. Calgary, Canada</p><p>7. Sydney, Australia</p><p>8. Helsinki, Finland</p><p>9. Perth, Australia</p><p>10. Auckland, New Zealand</p> Moved to Care competition winners highlight the importance of safe healthcare for all Justine Testado 2014-04-08T13:56:00-04:00 >2014-04-14T19:14:21-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>No matter what country you live in, everyone deserves access to safe and secure healthcare. Re-emphasizing this global issue is Building Trust International's Moved to Care competition, which sought feasible design solutions for a portable healthcare facility for high-demand regions in Southeast Asia.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Out of over 200 registered entrants, a U.S. multidisciplinary team consisting of Patrick Morgan, Jhan&eacute;a Williams, and Simon Morgan won the Professional category. The jury also selected nine honorable mentions from around the world.</p><p>For the Student category, &lsquo;REFLEX&rsquo; by Christopher Knitt (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA) was named the winner along with four honorable mentions.</p><p>Check out the winning entries below.</p><p><strong>Professional category winner:&nbsp;</strong> <strong>Patrick Morgan M-Arch, Simon Morgan MPH and Jhan&eacute;a Williams M-Arch (USA)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><strong>Student category winner: "REFLEX" by Christopher Knitt (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, USA)</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Learn more about the projects on <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Bustler</a>.</p> The Architecture of Abortion Clinics Alexander Walter 2014-02-26T15:28:00-05:00 >2014-07-03T13:18:50-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though abortion and the legal disputes that often surround it are visible media topics, abortion clinics are often pushed to the fringes of communities where access is the most crucial. But what if they were integrated into the mainstream of our everyday space: clinics in malls, clinics on military bases, clinics on high school campuses, and open access to preventative care?</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>Lori Brown explores this topic in her book </em>Contested Spaces: Abortion Clinics, Women&rsquo;s Shelters and Hospitals <em>and delves into politics and architecture and how they manufacture landscapes with regard to reproductive healthcare access. </em></p><p>Brown, an architect herself, will be giving a <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">public lecture</a> about researching abortion clinics tonight in New York at Columbia's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.</p> Last Word: Lost in Limbo Archinect 2012-06-27T18:56:00-04:00 >2012-06-30T19:40:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="521" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Mark Dery, reflecting on his recent life as a self-described &lsquo;career patient&rsquo;, implores hospital architects to collaborate with interior designers, psychologists and neuroscientists in order to eradicate forever the pain of &lsquo;medical incarceration&rsquo;.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> New Health Center will invigorate one of Atlanta's toughest neighborhoods. Betsy 2012-05-14T17:53:00-04:00 >2012-05-15T23:40:57-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="364" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> This 34,000-square-foot regional health facility located in an under-served neighborhood in southwest Atlanta combines under one roof a primary care clinic, a behavioral health clinic, childcare facilities, a dental clinic and a workforce community center. In doing so, it projects a holistic idea of wellness and a positive self-image for a challenged community. The building is also meant as a catalyst for future growth in the area.</p> <p> The intention was to create a structure that feels vibrant and alive. The roof was conceived as a dynamic, protective element, a metaphoric blanket, opening upward to welcome in the public. A standing-seam &ldquo;clamp&rdquo; folds over the roof to house mechanical equipment, identify major entries and serve as a beacon. Inside, a decentralized, double-height circulation lobby further integrates all the programmatic components.</p> <p> The notion of co-locating all these functions in a single facility to serve people of varied backgrounds led to consideration of the co...</p> Architecture offers new prescriptions for building health Archinect 2011-11-11T18:56:18-05:00 >2011-11-11T18:58:37-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="363" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the enthusiasm in Cape Town for architecture that excites and enlightens people about health is especially rewarding. &ldquo;We've never seen anything like this anywhere,&rdquo; Farrow says, about the notion of wellness being trumpeted so loudly through architecture.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Henning Larsen Architects’ Healing Architecture Wins in Herlev, Denmark Alexander Walter 2011-04-20T13:28:00-04:00 >2012-10-11T17:55:20-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="228" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Danish practice Henning Larsen Architects and the consortium consisting of the architecture companies Friis &amp; Moltke and Brunsgaard &amp; Laursen, the engineering companies NNE Pharmaplan and Orbicon Leif Hansen, the consulting company Norconsult and landscape architects SLA have won the competition for the extension of Herlev Hospital, just outside of Copenhagen.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>