Just Read: Safe sidewalks as the new indoor plumbing, in ArchitectureBoston

As I have a very long overdue post for a colleague about my thoughts on blogging, one of the points I would make is that the best part of engaging in social media is that instead of looking for things, things start finding you.

And so, in response to my recent post(s) about architects and doctors (see: Bleeding to Leading – Design and Health at the American Institute of Architects, I received this message:

Greetings Dr Eytan
I enjoyed reading about your interest in architecture and health and thought you’d want to know about the winter 2015 issue of ArchitectureBoston magazine, which is on the theme of wellness in the built environment and includes three articles written by MDs!
best wishes,
Renée Loth, editor ArchitectureBoston

And of course I did, because I’m not that smart and my ideas are not that unique. I’ve added “I love change” to that mantra recently…

The feature articles are a nice exploration of healing, health, and wellness, from multiple perspectives, including some famous (to me) people I know. I pulled out some quotes that resonated for me. The issue is a good compendium for those interested in health and the built environment. Thanks, Renée, for thinking of me and the health professions, in our quest to perform the best for the people we serve together.

“The broader our understanding of the human experience, the better our design will be,” – Steve Jobs (via Ann Sussman, AIA)

So relevant to us as we completed our work on KPLantern, field work to explore the health experience of our members who are transgender.

We stand at the edge of a revolution in improving health through building design, and architects will be key players. – Brent D. Ryan


Urban Tree Canopy in the Nation’s Capital – Via Gary Hildebrand, I explored “the story of tree cover in Washington, DC.” via this story map produced by the Urban Forestry Administration of Washington, DC – I love Washington and have to make things local!

It is certainly ironic that we task caregivers to keep us alive in buildings that feel dead.


So, is this building a healthcare facility? Or is this building health? Once you start taking responsibility to heal things, the positive e ects just ripple further and further out.

via Robin Guenther FAIA

Although modern medical breakthroughs abound, the physical space of a hospital is statistically more dangerous than a typical county fair. – Lee Moreau AIA

Designing a better hospital room means designing a better healthcare system, one that provides skillful and compassionate care to the sick wherever they may be. We need a system that values the work of caring over the profit of promising luxurious cures, one that would give caregivers at all levels the space to do their job well and the respect to do that job with pride. We really don’t need better hospital rooms; we need a better approach to healthcare that will work in all the rooms we have now.- Walter Robinson, MD

Ted Eytan, MD