Contract - October 2010 - (Page 14)
Healthcare is not o en the most glamorous focus for architects and interior designers, yet the potential for meaningful impact on the lives of users can be a powerful motivator for those electing to practice healthcare design. Lately, it is also the fact that throughout the recession—which oﬃcially ended in July 2009, according to a recent statement by the National Bureau of Economic Research—healthcare is one of the few market sectors that has continued to see a reasonable level of construction activity. Whatever your interest, it is to this important branch of the profession that Contract once again dedicates its October issue, with features on healthcare projects that demonstrate good design solutions for healing and healthy lifestyles, a focus on healthcare products, and the announcement of our 2010 Healthcare Environments Awards winners, which will be recognized oﬃcially at the HEALTHCARE DESIGN.10 conference and exhibition in Las Vegas in November.
Jennifer Thiele Busch Editor in Chief
Eve once in a while, a project comes along that is so outstanding in its catego that it deserves special mention. Laguna Honda Hospital in San Francisco, designed by Anshen+Allen (which was recently purchased by Stantec) and featured in this issue (page 58), is exceptional on many levels, not the least of which is its mission to bring both state-of-the-art healthcare and the upli ing qualities of good design to marginalized populations that otherwise might not have access to either of these basic, fundamental rights.
In our indust , organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Architecture for Humanity, and (Contract’s personal favorite) Public Architecture work to promote a more egalitarian distribution of good design, and the A&D community is responding admirably, mostly in the nonproﬁt arena. But it is still rare to ﬁnd a project on the scale and complexity of Laguna Honda, where public good is so paramount. The entire cast of characters—from the city oﬃcials who found the funds, to the facility administrators who are responsible for the ve real balancing act between patient care and the bottom line, to the designers who spent 10 years of their professional careers bringing the concept to reality, and the artists who provided the life-enhancing details to the general public that supported the eﬀort— were focused ﬁrst and foremost on creating the most digniﬁed, humane, and medically and technologically advanced facility possible for patients with little hope of ﬁnding elsewhere the kind of healthcare services they require. “Public health” and “institution” are not typically associated with excellence on any of these points, but Laguna Honda may have taken a signiﬁcant step toward changing that. At the ve least, it sets an important example of healthcare done right and eﬃciently at a time of great debate over the future of healthcare in our count . It also shows how design can drive a successful outcome, when it is permitted to take a leadership role.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - October 2010
Contract - October 2010
Focus: What's Next
Focus: A New Conversation
Materials: Cork and Circumstances
Green: Net Zero
Practice: The Office That Never Closes
Splashy and Sustainable
The Art of Healthcare Design
Best Foot Forward
Harmonious and Healthy
Of Sea and Stone
Live Long and Prosper
Trends: From Illness Care to Wellness Care
Process: On the Front Line
Contract - October 2010