Designing Public Spaces in Hospitals illustrates that in addition to their aesthetic function, public spaces in hospitals play a fundamental role concerning people’s satisfaction and experience of health care. The book highlights how spatial properties, such as accessibility, visibility, proximity, and intelligibility affect people’s behavior and interactions in hospital public spaces. Based on the authors’ research, the book includes detailed analysis of three hospitals and criteria that can support the design in circulation areas, arrival and entrance, first point of welcome, reception, and the interface between city and hospital. Illustrated with 150 black and white images.
"Attention is usually given to the private spaces of the hospital: the wards, consulting rooms and operating theatres. In this book the focus is on the public spaces of reception, circulation and waiting. Setola and Borgianni have pioneered research into the way that the complex whole of the hospital building works to give access to healthcare. This is essential reading for anyone engaged in the design or commissioning of large and complex healthcare facilities." - Alan Penn, The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London, UK
Foreword. Acknowledgments. Image Credits. Introduction. Part 1 1. The New Spaces of the Hospital 2. The Importance and Interest to Public Spaces 3. A Tool for Reading and Describing Public Spaces Part 2 4. Visibility 5. Accessibility 6. Proximity 7. Intelligibility 8. Relationability Bibliography. Index