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Designing dying well: Toward a new architectural approach for in-patient palliative care environments

Bellamy, Anne 2018. Designing dying well: Toward a new architectural approach for in-patient palliative care environments. Presented at: Materialities of Care - Buildings in the Making A Sociological Exploration of Architectural Design for Care, York, UK, 18 September 2018. Published in: Bellamy, Anne ed.

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Neither ‘hospital’ nor ‘home’; the in-patient hospice has a unique architectural identity that lies largely undocumented. There is a plethora of architectural research regarding more common-place healthcare buildings such as hospitals and care-homes. However the architecture of in-patient hospices remains misunderstood in the role it can play in supporting the holistic principles of palliative care. Reconciling the social and spatial, this research aims to establish an authentic identity for in-patient hospices; developing opportunities and situations for environments that enable those at the end of their life to dwell with dignity. Engaging with a variety of narratives; the research explores the experiences of the researcher through auto-ethnography, ethnographic studies of users of Welsh in-patient hospices, and practice-led interrogations of existing architectural strategies. Foundation work concluded that ‘homely’ though popular as a ‘buzzword’, is a too broad and subjective concept with which to define meaningful architectural responses for the variety of users and uses of in-patient hospices. Building upon this, initial visits to Welsh in-patient hospices and design primers of key moments of inhabitation aims to provide conclusions on how architecture can create and balance the individual phenomenological experiences and needs of patients, family, and staff. Keywords: palliative care, dying, dignity, hospice design, ethnography

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Date Type: Completion
Status: Unpublished
Schools: Architecture
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Funders: N/A
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2019 11:39

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