Healthcare Interiors

Designing Hospitals in Asia With Cultural Sensitivity

Three Western projects in Asia reveal how even subtle cultural differences can significantly impact the design of hospitals.

  How can architects expand Western science and medicine into parts of the world with different cultural and traditional values? Western designers have been designing healthcare facilities across the world since colonial times. For centuries, the flow of medical knowledge — as with the flow of military and financial power — was one-sided. But over the past two decades, as…

Bill Thomas: The Nursing Home Abolitionist

With his "Green House model," Thomas redefined the long-term care environment and turned the old nursing home model upside down.

For decades the popular image of the typical nursing home has been one of confinement—a sort of hybrid hospital/prison. It features zonked-out old people tied to wheelchairs nodding off in long, featureless corridors or crying out for help from steel-framed beds. Small wonder that elder moms and dads pledge their offspring to “never send me to a nursing home, I’d…