Medical Construction & Design

JAN-FEB 2016

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18 Medical Construction & Design | JA N UA RY/ F EBRUA RY 2016 | MCDM AG.COM news, awards, etc. Industry EVENTS BY DR. WAYNE RUGA "Generative space" is a research- based, internationally fi eld tested and extensively peer-reviewed approach to designing the environment that can be easily learned and economically applied. Since 2003, I have been working with leaders and their respective organizations to demonstrate the tangible benefi ts of utilizing this approach. In 2007, the Generative Space Award was developed as an open-source knowledge base. In 2013, I invited six Chicago- based professionals to a meeting to support a series of events that would bring experiences of generative space into mainstream awareness. For the past three years, this group — now known as the Generative Space Task Force — has produced an increasing number of events within the annual Generative Space Week that bookends the four-day program of the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo. The 2015 annual GSTF meeting, hosted by Perkins+Will and Anderson Mikos Architects in the AIA Chicago, Illinois of ce, resulted in the commitment by the taskforce to produce a range of generative space experiences, all to be held in partnership with the expo. Each one of the programs is an expression of the GSTF, as well as of ering an experience to provide new opportunities for its participants to express their own personal goal to create a place to fl ourish. Events included: 2015 Chicago healthcare student charette Produced as a generative space learning partnership between The CARITAS Project and the AIA Chicago Healthcare Knowledge Community and sponsored by Assa Abloy, the charette is a fi ve- day learning intensive that enabled fi ve design schools to send a group of three students and a faculty advisor. The title of the design challenge was "Realizing Behavioral Health and Wellbeing within the Village." This year's charette included an actual client — the Norwegian American Hospital — enabling the students to tour the facility and work directly with the manager of its Behavioral Health Services. Each school was hosted to work in the of ces of a local fi rm. All charette participants received a complimentary registration to attend the full HFSE event where their work was presented and displayed. HFSE pre-conference workshop The workshop featured a Chicago- based community health and housing project case study. The Town Hall Apartment project, designed by Gensler, coincidently was a recipient of a 2015 Generative Space Award. The workshop included an introduction to generative space, a panel discussion led by Tama Duffy Day on designing for community health and wellness with invited guest panelists and a workshop session in smaller breakout groups. Generative Space Awards Three Generative Space Awards were presented. Each of the three award recipient project submittals and the respective judges' comments are available on Of particular note this year, two of the three awards were presented for projects that are not conventional healthcare projects — the Town Hall Apartments and the Denver office of Humanscale. The third award recipient was Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, a physical rehabilitation facility in Toronto. Generative Space Week Recap The new public health — by design — displayed in Chicago PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS & FIRMS: > Iowa State University: CannonDesign > Kansas State University: Perkins+Will > New York School of Interior Design: HKS, Inc. > Philadelphia University: Legat Architects > Texas A&M University: Eckroth Planning Group Tama Duffy Day and her husband, Michael, provided a construction tour and design briefi ng to explain how the generative space approach is being applied to their new home. The tour was part of the generative space experiences, all held in partnership with the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo.

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