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Analysis of Strongly Programmed Workplace Environments: Architectural configuration and time-space properties of hospital work
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture, Urban Design. (Spatial Analysis and Design (SAD))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7089-4244
(Spatial Analysis and Design (SAD))
2012 (English)In: Proceedings: Eighth International Space Syntax Symposium / [ed] Margareta Greene, José Reyes & Andrea Castro, 2012, 8146:1-8146:14 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Finding relations between configuration and activity of the level found in cities in strongly programmed buildings have challenged research for a long time. With increasing clarity, it has shown to have to do with how and where activity takes place. Compared to cities and large public complexes, workplaces are more centred around specific locations and the activities in them, whereas streets are more defined by movement between spaces exterior to the street system (i.e. between interior spaces). One reason for this difference is the time spent moving versus the time spent on specific locations, but also the way in which certain ranges of movement and activity is more programmed within workplaces than in cities. Most of this is well known within the field. What this paper adds to the discussion is a study of different spatializations of workflow of different roles and for different tasks. The paper does this through the concept of spatial practice, which is considered as the interplay between spatial configuration, organizational configuration, and the configuration of work processes and routines. In this way some conditions of workplace programs are brought to the forefront, and workplace distribution and organisation routines are discussed through direct and indirect benefits of different practices, as well as internal and external conditions of programs or tasks. The basis for the work is empirical studies of several hospital units within one large scale university hospital, offering a manageable variation of workflow and spatial configuration.

Abstract [sv]

Att hitta samband mellan konfiguration och aktivitet inom starkt programmerade miljöer på motsvarande nivå som har hittats i städer har utmanat forskningen under lång tid. Med alltmer tydlighet har det visat sig ha att göra med hur och var aktiviteterna äger rum. Arbetsplatser är mer centrerade kring specifika platser och deras program, medan gator och torg mer definieras av hur de ligger i stadens nätverk. En orsak är betydelsen av förflyttningar och hur stor del av aktiviteten och tiden i rummet som ägnas åt att förflytta sig respektive utföra aktiviteter på plats. Det här paperet riktar i huvudsak in sig på att studera effekterna av olika arbetsroller och arbetsuppgifter på just detta förhållande, och det framväxande mönster av rörelser och potentiell kommunikation och möjliga möten som kommer därur. Studien är genomförd på Huddinge universitetssjukhus och rör samspel och visuell kommunikation mellan personal i arbetet.

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2012. 8146:1-8146:14 p.
Keyword [en]
building morphology, workplace analysis, spatial practice, strong program, architectural configuration, time-space, hospital work, architecture
Keyword [sv]
byggnadsmorfologi, spatial praktik, rumslig praktik, starka program, arkitetonisk konfiguration, arkitektur
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-59975ISBN: 978-956-345-862-6OAI: diva2:476910
8th International Space Syntax Symposium
To see and be seen in healthcare: User-oriented design for visibility and cooperation in spatial systems for healthcare
QC 20120123Available from: 2012-01-23 Created: 2012-01-12 Last updated: 2012-01-23Bibliographically approved

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