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Innovations in Urban Health Care

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One of the four graduate research topics this fall was Innovations in Urban Healthcare, taught by Matthew Littell of Utile in Boston.

This studio conducted research at the intersection of urban building typology, new modes of healthcare delivery, such as the CVS Minute Clinic, and new opportunities for integrating healthcare services with other urban uses to create a new kind of urban environment.

Given the transitions to the field presented but the Affordable Care Act, there are opportunities for architects to add value to this changing environment.

Students researched needs of interior diagnostic spaces, existing urban pharmacies, historical mixed-use approaches to healthcare delivery, mixed-use urban building types, and the role of new transportation networks in cities as an opportunity for new integration of services. Additionally, new and emerging medical technologies were reviewed to better understand both the spatial needs and the broader organizational issues that might impact these alternative health care delivery networks.

Much of the research was Boston-based but also addresses the larger healthcare delivery challenge that dense, urban centers face.  The research was organized into three sections: 1) analysis of typical interiors of healthcare facilities; 2) an in-depth look at less quantifiable aspects of health care such as branding and patient experience; and 3) the urban environments in which these facilities typically exist.

Students will leverage this research during the spring semester as they develop their individual thesis projects. It will act their guide as they seek out new and novel approaches to old problems by reframing the discussion about health care delivery models.

See the publication Innovations in Urban Health Care here.