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Tuesday
Apr182017

Four Strategies for Hospitals to Strengthen Their Communities

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This post is part of a series related to Uniting Healthcare + Community.

In many places across the U.S., hospitals and healthcare systems are the largest employers in their regions. But are they true engines of economic development for their communities? Not always. Their limited influence is often the consequence of outdated planning strategies and tax laws. Now a bottom-up demand is creating a market for a more responsive and proactive model of healthcare delivery, sparking a revolution that will directly impact the planning and land use strategies used on major hospital campuses. Let’s look at how this situation has developed, and outline some solutions to address it.

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Thursday
Apr062017

Uniting Healthcare and Community: The New Mixed-Use Community

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This post is part of a series related to Uniting Healthcare + Community.

“Less emphasis on illness and more on wellness; less on treatment and more on prevention; less on healthcare and much more on happiness and health.” – Dr. Mark Rowe, A Prescription for Happiness

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Thursday
Mar302017

How Will Mobility's Future Impact Our Cities?

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This blog piece is based on a Q+A discussion held with Gensler designers Richard Jacob, Michaela Winter-Taylor and Kenneth Allan. It is the first in a series of blog posts that charts the teams’ research and findings as they delve deeper into the future of mobility.

Transportation and mobility are the lifeblood of our cities that form the very real and physical backbone of our increasingly digital economies, but they also come with a downside; noise, congestion, pollution and safety issues. In our pursuit for the holy grail of sustainable, clean, reliable, safe and affordable mobility, will the reality of what’s available ever match our dreams and aspirations?

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Tuesday
Mar282017

Uniting Healthcare and Community: The Healthy Mix

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More than a century ago, a small group of men departed their native land and people in Southern Italy seeking betterment beyond the desperately poor lives they’d led for centuries. Seventeen years after beginning their journey toward the land of opportunity, they reunited with those they had left behind and established the first Italian borough in America—the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania. Family-owned shops, bakeries and restaurants began populating the streets—between which, closely clustered homes each maintained personal gardens, livestock and grapevines for winemaking.

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Friday
Mar172017

A Restroom for Everyone

Restroom access affects everyone: people with medical needs or disabilities, caretakers, transgendered people, parents with children of the opposite gender, and really anyone with issues or needs around privacy. Image: Jasper Sanidad.

As designers, we spend a lot of time thinking about how people experience the spaces we design, and the best ways to optimize those experiences. In fact, we don’t just think about experience, we measure it—from how effectively people work in the offices we design, to how well they’re able to study in our libraries, or what they look for most in a trip to an outdoor mall. So when a client approached us last year and asked how they should design a gender-inclusive restroom for their workplace, we knew we had to get it right. Like anything else we do in life, using the restroom is an experience—albeit, a very private and necessary one.

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