Kristin Zeit's blog

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.

What Price, Fame?

May 15, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
Big-name, mainstream designers and architects who dabble in the healthcare realm can raise the hackles of those who’ve built an entire career in our industry. Should they?

The Biggest Threat To Successful Facility Design

April 25, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
No matter how much work you put into planning, designing, and constructing a space for healthcare, once you turn the keys over to the facility, all bets are off. Should designers and architects be taking a stronger role in staff training?
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