Architecture and Design: Tackling noise levels in the healthcare industry

Typically, hospitals are spaces characterised by flat, hard surfaces and long hallways. Although these environments are designed to address needs of infection control, hygiene and washability, they’re certainly not primed for gentle acoustics.

Despite being places in which we seek to care for people and help them get better, hospital architecture has not always been designed with wellbeing in mind. Noise falls under that umbrella and the more it can be managed to comfortable levels, the better care patients can be provided.

via Tackling noise levels in the healthcare industry | Architecture And Design

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Building Design: London mayor funds ‘hub’ to support small-scale housing

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has granted City Hall funding for a new resource to support small-scale, community-led affordable housing schemes.

The Londoners Community Housing Hub is a good example of innovative thinking helping to facilitate affordable housing. Its educational focus will help to build knowledge within communities rather than just provide assistance in discrete silos.

via London mayor funds ‘hub’ to support small-scale housing | News | Building Design

Quartz: Shared office evangelist WeWork is now designing private offices

WeWork made its name renting shared office spaces to startups and other small companies in trendy buildings with fruit water and ping-pong tables. But in a bid to lure larger and more mature clients, WeWork is testing a new business proposition: offices for companies that, when it comes to the workplace, don’t actually want to share.

WeWork’s move into office design is a good example of how a firm can diversify as a result of expertise picked up by delivering its primary offer. The company’s experience creating and managing coworking spaces gives it a good grounding for designing more traditional offices.

via WeWork is now providing design, construction, and management services to large clients — Quartz