This project is an excellent example of the impact designers can have in the improvement of medical services. The consideration of both patients and staff as people with needs is certainly a step in the right direction. Read their story.
I have to believe that if we can build Carnegie Hall, we can improve a classroom...All too often we forget that we are beings with multi-senses. We design for the eyes and forget the touch, or we fail to consider the smell of materials. In neglecting to examine all applicable human needs, we fail to meet primary objectives of the spaces we build...any musician who has performed in a theatre with poor acoustics has surely felt the consequences of this inadequacy. As Julian Treasure aptly points out in this talk, we often fail in even more crucial environments like hospitals too noisy for rest, or classrooms that muffle a teacher's voice. It begs the questions: how many problems could be solved by applying a more holistic approach to problem solving? What solutions can we find through cross-disciplinary research?