Architecture for flexibility in healthcare

Autori e curatori
Contributi
Cesare Stevan
Livello
Studi, ricerche. Textbook, strumenti didattici
Dati
pp. 256,      1a edizione  2012   (Codice editore 1330.84)

Architecture for flexibility in healthcare
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Codice ISBN: 9788820415020

In breve

This text sets out to identify the strategies for flexibility which are the most suitable for designing hospital buildings capable of being adapted quickly to the emergence of new demands while reducing to the minimum any interference with the healthcare activities being carried out.

Presentazione del volume

Flexibility in architecture can be viewed as the capacity of a building to adapt to changing spatial, operational or usage demands whether in the short, medium or long term. This capacity for transformation, for versatility of the structure and for elasticity in its operation can be ensured only by a building entity which has been conceived, developed and then designed from the outset in accordance with technological, structural and plant engineering criteria specifically oriented towards flexibility.
Satisfying this demand is particularly important for the types of buildings which are subject to rapid and continual change, such as in healthcare architecture.
Hence, this text sets out to identify the strategies for flexibility which are the most suitable for designing hospital buildings capable of being adapted quickly to the emergence of new demands while reducing to the minimum any interference with the healthcare activities being carried out. An additional feature which contributes to the enrichment of this text is the study of different levels of flexibility of the building (the Hospital Complex, the Building, the Functional Unit and the Individual Room) each of which displays degrees of spatial and operational flexibility, depending on the typological-spatial choices described in the text.
Finally this volume presents case studies of contemporary hospital architecture specifically selected on the basis of their characteristics of innovation and adaptability.

Stefano Capolongo. An architect with a PhD in Public Health, he is Associate Professor at the Politecnico di Milano and tenured professor on the courses on Environmental Health , Technology for construction and environmental health and Social Architecture at the School of Architecture. He is also a teacher at the Post-graduate Schools of Hygiene and Preventive Medicine at the Universities of Parma and Milan. Scientific head for the Politecnico di Milano's Cluster on " Designing healthcare facilities ". Author of more than 160 scientific publications, he carries out research activities and collaborates on design relating to hospital architecture and technologies for environmental sustainability.

Indice



Cesare Stevan, Preface
Introduction
Flexibility in Architecture
(The demands on architecture; Flexibility, Sustainability and innovation; Adaptability in architecture; Types and levels of flexibility; The first strategies for flexibility)
Health service facilities and prestational requirement of flexibility
(Flexibility as a leading requirement for health service facilities; Experiences developed during the sixties and seventies in Great Britain; The megastructure and megaplant approach; Modular design: the Harness model and Nuclears; Le Corbusier's hospital for Venice; Strategies following the 1970s; Flexibility in the Piano - Veronesi Meta-design)
Flexibility in contemporary Healthcare facilities
(Levels and types of flexibility in healthcare facilities; Typological-spatial strategies for flexibility in healthcare facilities; Flexibility analysis matrix; Evaluation system)
Flexible innovative designs: analysis and evaluation
(Selection of flexible innovative design; CERBA - Centro Europeo di Ricerca Biomedica Avanzata, Milano, Italy; Martini Hospital, Groningen, Holland; Hospital General del Mar y Parque de Investigación Biomédica, Barcelona, Spain; Nuovo Ospedale Papa Giovanni XXIII, Bergamo, Italy; Nuovo Ospedale Umberto I, Mestre, Italy; Bretonneau University Hospital, Tours, France; Ospedale Unico della Versilia, Camaiore, Lucca, Italy; New South Glasgow Hospital Campus, Glasgow, Scothland; Kortrijk Hospital, Belgium; Policlinico di San Donato Milanese, Milano, Italy; Comparisons and analyses of the case studies)
Bibliography
(Monographs; Magazines, articles and research papers; Internet sites).