Kristin Zeit's blog

Infection Prevention: What Design Can Do

October 14, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
The Ebola threat underscores the need for all players in the healthcare arena—designers, engineers, and architects included—to do everything they can to stop the spread of infection within facilities.

Are You Top 10 Material?

October 10, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Nominations for The HCD 10 are open, and we’re looking for a few good men and women—and one outstanding organization—to honor for their accomplishments over the past 12 months. Here’s the scoop.

Signs Of Life In A “Comatose” Industry

September 17, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
After decades of operating as an industrial system that “contributes to problems it’s there to solve,” the U.S. healthcare industry is starting to wake up, said Robin Guenther of Perkins+Will, speaking at TEDMED. An important step in the process: Buildings that do no harm.

Why International Healthcare Projects Are Grabbing The Spotlight

September 11, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
So many attention-grabbing projects these days are sitting on foreign soil. Is it a grass-is-greener thing? Or legitimately “better” examples of architecture and interior design?

Moving Within Before Moving On

September 4, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Designers envision a world where death isn’t scary and a hospice center becomes an integral part of a community’s fabric, with patients, volunteers, and local children leaning on one another all the way.

Sponsored Spaces in Hospitals: Minding the Mixed Messages

August 1, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Hospital systems must carefully consider donation sources to make sure they’re not sending the wrong message to the community. When the money is spent on branded spaces within the hospital, it adds a whole other layer of scrutiny.

Big Health Benefits Of A Neglected Hospital Space

July 8, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
With recent research showing that elevator buttons are bacteria breeding grounds, healthcare patients and workers have another incentive to take the stairs. What are architects and designers doing to encourage this?

3 Takeaways From HCD Academy Portland

July 3, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
In June, facility managers, architects, owners, interior designers, and construction executives shared the stage to discuss key industry challenges and take the pulse of progress. Here are three lessons that stood out.

Selling It: A New Driver In Designing For Healthcare

June 13, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Move over, hospitality. As healthcare systems become more and more competitive for patients, there’s another sector with valuable lessons for both providers and architects/designers: retail.

Design Down Under: Cool Healthcare Facilities

June 4, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
A quick look at a few recent, noteworthy healthcare projects coming out of Australia.
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