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Architecture and Health
Guiding Principles for Practice

ISBN 9780367075224
Published October 24, 2019 by Routledge
412 Pages

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Book Description

Architecture and Health recognizes the built environment and health as inextricable encouraging a new mind-set for the profession. Over 40 international award-winning projects are included to explore innovative design principles linked to health outcomes. The book is organized into three interdependent health domains—individual, community, and global—in which each case study proposes context-specific architectural responses. Case studies include children’s hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, elderly housing, mental health facilities, cancer support centers, clinics, healthy communities, healthcare campuses, wellness centers, healing gardens, commercial offices, infrastructure for developing countries, sustainable design, and more. Representing the United States, Africa, Asia, Europe, and Australia, each author brings a new perspective to health and its related architectural response.

This book brings a timely focus to a subject matter commonly constricted by normative building practices and transforms the dialogue into one of creativity and innovation. With over 200 color images, this book is an essential read for architects, designers, and students to explore and analyze designed environments that promote health and well-being. 

Table of Contents



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  1. Introduction: Discovering an Architecture for Health
  2. Dina Battisto and Jacob J. Wilhelm

    Part 1: Individual Health

  3. Healthcare Facilities for Children: Designing for Distinct Age Groups
  4. Allen Buie

  5. Elderly Autonomy through Architecture: Building a Fifth-Generation Residential Care Home
  6. Dietger Wissounig and Birgit Prack

  7. Advancing Rehabilitation: Design that Considers Physical and Cognitive Disabilities
  8. Brenna Costello

  9. Design Attributes for Improved Mental and Behavioral Health
  10. Mardelle McCuskey Shepley and Naomi A. Sachs

  11. Renewing the Human Spirit Through Design: Celebrating Maggie’s Centres
  12. Jamie Mitchell

    Part 2: Community Health

  13. Creating Healthy Communities Through Wellness Districts and Health Campuses
  14. Shannon Kraus, Kate Renner, Dina Battisto, and Brett Jacobs

  15. Superhospitals: The Next Generation of Public Hospitals in Scandinavia
  16. Klavs Hyttel

  17. A Rebirth of the Consolidated Health Campus: The New Parkland Hospital
  18. Matthew Suarez and James J. Atkinson

  19. Defining a Project Method: Ensuring Project Success with Pre-Design Planning
  20. Harm Hollander

  21. The Efficacy of Healing Gardens: Integrating Landscape Architecture for Health
  22. Katharina Nieberler-Walker, Cheryl Desha, Omniya El Baghdadi, and Angela Reeve

  23. Lean Design: The Everett Clinic at Smokey Point
  24. Barbara Anderson, Melanie Yaris, and Julia Leitman

  25. Employee Wellness: The Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center at Mayo Clinic
  26. Peter G. Smith and Stephen N. Berg

  27. From Vice to Wellness: Defining a New Typology in Healthcare Retail Design
  28. Megan Stone

    Part 3: Global Health

  29. Outdoor Oncology: A Nature-Inclusive Approach to Healthcare Delivery
  30. Bart van der Salm

  31. Living Buildings: The Bullitt Center
  32. Steve Doub, Jim Hanford, Margaret Sprug, Chris Hellstern, and Katherine Misel

  33. Regenerative Architecture: Redefining Progress in the Built Environment
  34. Robin Guenther

  35. A Blueprint for Using Renewable Energies in Remote Locations
  36. Christopher W. Kiss and Keith Holloway

  37. Integrating LEED with Biophilic Design Attributes: Towards an Inclusive Rating System
  38. Stephen Verderber and Terri Peters

  39. Connecting to Context: Place-Based Approaches to Biophilic Healthcare Design
  40. Mara Baum

  41. The Anti-Prototype: Why Community Health Requires Local Solutions
  42. Michael Murphy, Amie Shao, and Jeffrey Mansfield

  43. Epilogue: The Future of an Architecture for Health

David Allison, Eva Henrich, and Edzard Schultz

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Dina Battisto, BArch, MArch, MS, PhD, is an associate professor of architecture at Clemson University, where she teaches in the graduate Architecture + Health program. Her research and scholarship activities focus on studying relationships between health, healthcare, and the built environment.

Jacob J. Wilhelm works in architectural practice and publication, exploring hospitality, housing, and vernacular solutions for growing mountain and remote regions.



“One of the traps experienced healthcare architects fall into is replicating the status quo.  The primary strengths of this book are, firstly, the diversity of ideas and approaches from all over the world force the reader to explore new ideas and approaches. Secondly, the use of case studies takes ideas beyond the conceptual and demonstrates their execution, thereby, helping the reader to understand the applicability to his or her situation. I would highly recommend this book to those who want to step back and reflect on the greater issue of health and environment.”
Joyce Durham RN, AIA, EDAC, Director of Facilities Strategic Planning; New York-Presbyterian

"Architecture and Health reflects the broadened identity of both the architecture and health professions: architects now recognize that their responsibilities include the global built environment, while health professionals have begun to embrace global health and well-being as central to their work. The essays in this book also help us understand why that change has happened: both our built environment and our health system are unsustainable, inequitable, and unaffordable in their current form."
Thomas Fisher Professor, School of Architecture; Director, Minnesota Design Center, University of Minnesota