Smart Textiles in Humanistic Hospital Design: Future Potentials Related to the Design Principle of Healing Architecture

By Jeppe Emil Mogensen, Anna Marie Fisker and Søren Bolvig Poulsen.

Published by The International Journal of Design in Society

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With the construction of new hospitals, the design principle healing architecture is introduced, representing the humanistic vision of improving hospitalised patients’ healing process, supported by stimulating architecture.
In this regard, we address focus on the potential influence of the design principle, discussing how healing architecture may contribute in making the future hospital institutions more responsive to human needs.
The main purpose of this paper is thus to present a review of healing architecture, by considering some of the challenges in the operational use of the design principle. Associated with the methodology of evidence-based design (EBD), we in this regard question, if these challenges derive from conflicting paradigms of some of the stakeholders involved in the design process? Relating to the Danish scene of hospital design, we introduce the research project “Smart Textiles in Future Hospitals”, stating the overall hypothesis that textiles in hospital interiors possess an unexploited architectural potential in relation to the humanistic visions of healing architecture. Concerned with the operational challenge of unfolding the visionary design principle, we suggest to re-found and progress healing architecture as a common design principle, supported by an overall theoretical framework also rooted within the traditional domain of architecture.

Keywords: Design, Hospitals, Healing Architecture, Textiles

The International Journal of Design in Society, Volume 7, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.63-75. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 29, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 548.790KB)).

Jeppe Emil Mogensen

PhD Student, Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University and Via University College, Aalborg, Denmark

Anna Marie Fisker is an architect and an associate professor in the department of civil engineering at Aalborg University. Besides working with furniture, the history of furniture, and interiority, she holds a PhD in food and architecture, and she is very passionate about the relation between food and design. Anna Marie Fisker is the director of the Center for Food Science, Design & Experience at Aalborg University. Anna Marie is a member of the Ph.D. Board in interior architecture and exhibit design, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. She is appointed member of The Danish Gastronomic Academy, and member of the Society of Architectural Historians.

Anna Marie Fisker

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Anna Marie Fisker, b. 1957, Architect MAA, is associate professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at Aalborg University. Besides working with furniture, the history of furniture and interiority, she holds a PhD in Food & Architecture, and she is very passionate about the relation between food + design. Anna Marie Fisker is Director of Center for Food Science, Design & Experience at Aalborg University. Anna Marie is a member of the Ph.D. Board in Interior Architecture and Exhibit Design, Politecnico di Milano, Italy. She is appointed member of The Danish Gastronomic Academy, and member of SAH, Society of Architectural Historians.

Søren Bolvig Poulsen

Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark

Søren Bolvig Poulsen is an associate professor within design thinking at the department of communication and psychology at Aalborg University. He acquired a PhD in 2008, and he is conducting research in the field of user-centred design, design ethnography, strategic design, and service design. Poulsen is combining his research with both teaching activities and the surrounding industry to inspire and be inspired.