Posted by Richard Haut on March 12, 2004 at 00:51:45:
In Reply to: Re: hospitals posted by nadine on March 11, 2004 at 21:31:32:
I think that what you say is common sense.
a great deal of work was done in Britain on precisely the problem of humanising places for those needing care. As part of this, the nature and "feel" of hospital and health care facilities were the subject of both considerable discussion and effort by architects.
what happened ?
answer: no work.
the "PFI" method of construction (now so widely used for schools and hospitals in the UK) has two primary effects: 1) it dumps the long-term costs on the next generations, and 2) means that the education and healthcare needs of schools and hospitals are not the priority in the design and construction.
architects who accept the position of being a labour-only subcontractor can hardly expect those slobbering over the profits to care about minor matters like how a patient feels. Certainly there are those fighting to keep standards, but it is a rearguard action against hopeless odds. With a bought-and-paid-for government in Britain, what can one expect ?
I completely agree with what you would like to see - but the authorities have to care - or at the very least pretend - to care.
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