Archive for April, 2012
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That’s a good question. Research-based design―research about the environment―has been around for a very long time and I think thoughtful architects and designers have for many years employed research in an informal way when they’re designing spaces. I would say the best architects and designers have very good intuition as well that feeds into that. But just using research does not mandate in and of itself that you’re going to embark upon a formal process.
When we’re talking about evidence-based design, there is a formal process that one has to follow and this is outlined in the book. You start with the hypothesis, here’s what I think will be true if we design the nursing unit this way, and then, if you’re an architectural firm, one of the best things to do is find a consultant who is perhaps associated with an academic institution, a researcher, to work with you to develop this. I am vastly simplifying the process in this description but it starts with a literature review and figuring out with hospital leadership the best issues to study (more…)