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Visualization Tools for Self-Representation in Healthcare Design

Van Amstel, F.M.C; Hartman, T; Van der Voort, M; Dewulf, G.P.M.R. Visualization Tools for Self-Representation in Healthcare Design. In: Morello, E., Piga, B.E.A. (eds.). (2013). Envisioning Architecture: Design, Evaluation, Communication – Proceedings of the 11th conference of the European Architectural Envisioning Association, Milano, 25-28 September 2013. Roma: Edizioni Nuova Cultura. P 507-514


Abstract: Healthcare space is designed based on representations of activity — such as types, organograms, or workflows — that often do not match the real activities of nurses, doctors, and technicians. This is not necessarily a problem, since activities can adapt to new space, but there is a risk of hindering activity development while operating in unsuitable space. The design of new space can actually be an opportunity for activity development, provided that healthcare activities are able to represent themselves in that process. Activity self-representation has been studied in the design of a medical imaging center and the conclusion is that visualization tools are very important for that. Visualization tools should be easily manipulated by healthcare professionals, and allow shifting the levels of analysis from operations to actions, and from actions to activity. Furthermore, they should allow manipulating activity and space in the same representation.

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