The Past Month’s Worth of Neenan Clips at Last

It’s nice to have such a full life, too bad my blog has to suffer! Here’s the backlog of what I’ve been working on over the past month or so for The Neenan Company.

Sustainability By Any Other Word
My assignment on this article was “What is sustainability?” I have to admit, the word sounds worse to me every time I hear it, but the values it embodies remain truly exciting. Sustainability is about problem solving according to place and time in order to do right by ourselves and society. Discuss.

Rural Hospital Replacement: What Happens?
I interviewed Brian Haapala, Managing Director of healthcare consultancy Stroudwater Associates to find out what happens when a rural area decides to build a new hospital. While no two communities are alike, thanks to Stoudwater’s extensive research on the subject it’s easy to compare situations and to learn from example how to make replacement facilities profitable and socially-enhancing even in lower population areas.

Design Vitality in Fitness and in Sickness
Good design can do a lot to keep us healthy or make us sick. Design touches every human-made object, mundane and sublime alike. Just think about everything that would make life easier, either to have or to get rid of! From ergonomics to interactives, healthcare design itself keeps getting more interesting.

Design Rx: Beauty, Stimulation, Interaction
Objects are only part of the designed world, spacial considerations also have profound health consequences. Combined with total experience planning and maybe some technological nudges, architecture can keep our brains and bodies alert in ways that keep us alive longer.

Image credit: courtneyBolton

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About Daniela

Daniela Morell holds a Masters in Architectural Science with a concentration in Built Ecologies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Center for Architecture Science and Ecology in New York City. Her writing, research, and design work is guided by a value system for sustainability that includes both the responsible use of energy and material resources, as well as the social need for design to inspire more ecologically balanced living.
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