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Design Matters: A Pre-Post Occupancy Evaluation of Bridgepoint Active Health

March 03 - May 15, 2016
Paul H. Cocker Gallery, Ryerson University, 325 Church Street, Toronto

Design Matters

A Pre-Post Occupancy Evaluation of the new Bridgepoint Active Health

Curated by Cheryl Atkinson

29 February – 15 May 2016*
Opening Event: Thursday, 3 March 2016 @6:30PM

This exhibition showcases the largest study of its kind in Canada, one that is uniquely positioned to look at the impact of design on the same patient and staff cohort as they moved from the old Bridgepoint building to the new, on virtually the same site.

The project was seen as a key opportunity by the hospital itself and its research arm the Bridgepoint Research Collaboratory, to measure the design against its impact on patients and staff. The study used the architects’ and clients’ stated design objectives as a framework. Together they articulated a distinct objective of normalizing and humanizing the hospital environment, connecting it into the local community, the city, and the park, maximizing daylight and views from all parts of the building, and creating destinations with program and a sense of place, within the hospital, to encourage mobility and social interaction.

The focus of this study were the public and social spaces in the hospital, the hospital room itself, and the impacts of daylight and view, on patient and staff outlook and perceived health outcomes.

Principal Investigators:

Dr. Celeste Alvaro, Social Psychology

Professor Cheryl Atkinson, Architecture and Design

Funded by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Partnerships for Health System Improvement (PHSI) grant via the Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research and the Rx&D Health Research Foundation Fostering Innovation in Healthcare Initiative.

Reception for this exhibition is on Thursday, 3 March 2016 @6:30PM.

*This exhibition has been extended from March 18, 2016 (as advertised on the poster) to May 15, 2016.

Paul H. Cocker Gallery

Ryerson University

325 Church Street

Toronto, Ontario

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