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dc.contributor.authorBill, Aen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorCollier, Gen_NZ
dc.contributor.authorReay, Sen_NZ
dc.identifier.citationVirtuous Circle Summer Cumulus Conference held at Politecnico Di Milano, Milan, 2015-06-03 to 2015-10-07en_NZ
dc.description.abstractIn this paper we focus on design experimentation and prototyping within a hospital design lab. We describe how things designed within this environment act as socio-technical entities that support the work of the hospital. In this research, healthcare is viewed as a socio-material assemblage, and the hospital as a complex, heterogeneous community needing to deal constructively with problems brought into its orbit by the public. User issues, such as how to become a ‘patient’, how to find experts, toilets or food; how long to expect to wait for treatment - even how to leave the building - are barriers to building ‘patient–centeredness’ and developing a ‘culture of care’. They become matters of concern for administrators, who are keen to make hospitals more friendly and approachable. Drawing on new materialist approaches and using ethnographic research methods we show how the prototyping work in the DHW Lab builds a platform for collaboration between healthcare experts and users, through the material agency of ‘prototyped things’. We argue that the prototypes act as participants in experimental assemblages that bring together user and expert mindsets and help move healthcare design from ‘what is’ to ‘what could be’.en_NZ
dc.publisherCumulus Association. Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture
dc.rightsAuthors retain the right to place his/her publication version of the work on a personal website or institutional repository for non commercial purposes. The definitive version was published in (see Citation). The original publication is available at (see Publisher’s Version).
dc.subjectHealthcare; Human-centered design; New materialism; Things
dc.titleMaking things happen: experiments in prototyping from a hospital design laben_NZ
dc.typeConference Contribution

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