The practice of evidence-based design, as it is defined and credentialed, as its history is told, its storehouse of knowledge kept at the Center for Health Design, famously begins with a single study by psychologist Roger Ulrich. Having published previously in environmental psychology, specifically on the subjects of “visual landscapes,” he made a discovery in 1984 that helped to create an entirely new field of study.Read More
The “Guide to Evidence-Based Art” was published in 2008. In ten years, a lot of new data, new questions, and new ideas have made it clear that the guide must be updated. The consequences are real.
This guide acts as a sort of specification system for hospital systems and architects who seek qualified professional art consultants to outfit their new spaces with healing art programs. The guide does not set rules, but it is still treated as a sort of rule-book, entirely contrary to the first principle of evidence-based design.Read More
In the field of healthcare design, where decisions are made by hospital administrators, architects, and the teams they recruit to launch and direct expensive building and renovation projects, it wasn’t always the case that design decisions were made by first deliberately looking at what available evidence would have to say about this or that design choice.Read More
So here’s where it all begins.
The concept of dignity recurs often in the discourse of healing design. The theory of supportive design names dignity explicitly in as part of its formulation. Recent work on the concept of healing - as opposed to curing - also identify dignity as one of several as defining qualities.
And the meaning of dignity itself deserves some attention.Read More