1 Design and social innovation, Aarhus School of Architecture, Re-ad.dk2 Aarhus School of Architecture, Re-ad.dk3 Department 5 / Department of Architectural Design (terminated), Aarhus School of Architecture, Re-ad.dk
Wayfinding in Hospital ComplexesWayfinding i hospitals komplekser
CWUAAT -6.TH CAMBRIDGE WORKSHOP – 2012 Designing inclusive systems for real-world applications Abstracht: Denmark has planned huge investments in development in healthcare systems. Nearly 50 billion danish krones has been set aside on the stately budget for this purpose to be spent over the next 10 years. The primary part of the sum is to be used on new large hospital complexes. The 5 danish regions are the quarantor of healthcare quality and responsible for the projects of 5 new hospital complexes. The complexes are planned to be the size of willages of 5000-8000 inhabitants…. Finding your way in existing hospital complexes only half the size of these new ones is already recognized as a big problem: How can we avoid the wayfinding-problem of the new complexes to grow to the double with the doubling of the complex size ? What kind of design application can improve the accessibility of future hospital complexes ? The article will explore the fundament of wayshowing on the basis of prior research as well as on the basis of the results of a case study in a large existing danish hospital complex. The result points to signage being an inevitable factor but also that it is a factor that is not very effective, often ununderstandable and not able to stand alone.
wayfinding; Hospitalskomplekser; Designing for inclusion; Healthcare; Wayfinding