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PROJECT X: A Study on Flexibility

Project currently in progress. Full report will be released in early 2018.

 

RESEARCH TEAM
Upali Nanda (PI, HKS), Seth Starner (Co-PI, Steelcase), Giyoung Park (HKS), Jonathan Essary (HKS), Melissa Hoelting (HKS), Zachary Overschmidt (HKS), Bill Coble (Steelcase), and Michelle Ossmann (Steelcase)

FUNDS
Steelcase and HKS Inc.


WHAT Is THE AIM

The aim of this study is to investigate and illustrate flexibility, modularity, and agility in health facilities to respond to a dynamic every changing health eco-system.

Objectives:

  • Understand the current definitions of flexibility in the literature
  • Understand what flexibility means to key stakeholders
  • Assess how flexibility is being understood, and used, by key health systems
  • Propose a framework to approach flexibility - especially in the context of patient care spaces, and work spaces, in outpatient clinics today

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT

There is a lot of interest in future-proofing, modularity and pre-fabrication - but are modular and pre-fab solutions truly meeting flexibility needs and being used in flexible ways? What do terms such as flexibility and modularity really mean to a health system - and how can we approach flexibility in the design of product and place? Modularity can exist at many levels from modular furniture to modular buildings; how is modularity understood and put into practice in the Healthcare space?