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Tuesday, September 17, 2019  |  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Outside/In and Inside/Out


Discovering the Opportunity of the Conventional Healthcare Design Problem and the Metaphysical/Historic Human Problem

Participants will use stories, sketching, discussion, and exercises to deeply explore the possibilities inherent in the ‘Form and/or Function dialogue’.  A challenging building type, the psychiatric hospital, will be set upon a virtual autopsy table for the purpose of: (1) learning about why we tend to approach problems with a focus that blocks our ability to achieve integrated and (w)holistic design; and (2) how to engage, explore, and overcome the false dualities of ‘form versus function’ or ‘Outside/In and Inside/Out’ thinking.  Participants will help the Program Facilitator re-navigate a case study as a way of improving his own generative capabilities as well as those of the participants. (PS: Even if you have never designed a psychiatric hospital, and/or anticipate that you never will, you are welcomed to attend this session - its program will be a valuable learning experience for everyone who attends).

1. Participants will explore and learn about how psychiatric hospitals have historically been formed; both in terms of their outward appearances and their internal dynamics. 
2. Participants will learn about many of the design and planning drivers that are weighed, balanced, and accommodated in the design of a successful mental health project.

3. Participants will sharpen their own thinking about how to balance internal and external forces in planning and design.        

4. Participants will learn to see the possibilities inherent in themselves and their teams that can lead to the development of a more generative outlook, a more generative workspace, and more generative projects.
SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH