So Many Books, So Little Time

So Many Books, So Little Time   I have been a voracious reader since childhood, done the Enid Blyton’s and then the Alistair MacLean’’s too, until one day browsing in the school library | pulled out from the shelves Part 1 of “The Lord of the Rings” by J.R.R. Tolkein. It was a book that […]


The Long and Short of Lean Design Thinking

The Long Innovation in the AEC Industry: Lean Architecture Lean for Healthcare: An Overview     The Medium An Introduction to Lean Thinking Stakeholder Centric “Lean” Design Process     And the Short Of It What it Takes to Bring Lean Thinking to Healthcare: One Leader’s Candid Reflection Advanced Lean in Healthcare


Proposal for Post Occupancy Evaluation of AHIRC, Mumbai, India

PROPOSAL: Asian Heart Institute & Research Center (AHIRC): Post Occupation Evaluation Study Architectural Design, Facilities Operations & User Satisfaction   EXECUTIVE  SUMMARY The intention of this Post Occupation Evaluation (POE) Study is threefold, as follows: To determine the ‘fit’ between architectural design intention and the resultant patterns of human activity as influenced by the physical […]


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About Water

About Water: Its Usage, and Conservation in Healthcare Facilities By Husaini Sadikot – My Cousin and Guest Blogger Uses of water include agricultural (i.e. watering of farm or other plants or irrigation) which uses about 70% of all water usage, industrial 22%, household about 8%, recreational and environment activity uses less water than above. Of […]


The Planning Grid: Creating a Framework for Design

The Planning Grid: Creating a Framework for Design   A Planning Grid is an overlay of lines usually represented by a ‘long dash-dot-long dash-dot’ (they need not necessarily be horizontal and vertical, but often are) and is a design tool used by us architects to create some kind of order on what is otherwise a […]

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Healthcare Architecture and the Green Tao

Healthcare Architecture and the Green Tao (Path) “If you wish to sustain your body in good health, take care of the world. Your body is part of the world; so you cannot abuse the world, and still expect your body to remain well. By treating the world well, you can be at peace with it. […]


Lean Design in Healthcare / Healthcare Facility Planning

Lean Design in Healthcare / Healthcare Facility Planning Husaini Sadikot Lean production can be described as a group of highly efficient manufacturing techniques developed (mainly by large Japanese companies like Toyota) in the 1980s and early 1990s. Lean production was seen as the third step in a historical progression, which took industry from the age […]

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Modernity’s Effect on Healthcare Architecture in the 20th Century: Dignity and Disaster

Modernity’s Effect on Healthcare Architecture in the 20th Century: Dignity and Disaster By Hussain Varawalla What is Modernity? In our postmodern and deconstructivist world of today, there have been many answers offered to this question. The majority of them have been negative. It has been said that Modernity marked the death of God, as trumpeted […]


Intensive Care Units

Introduction Many people – caregivers, architectural and design professionals, and patients, regard intensive care (critical care) units as the heart of the hospital. Here a seriously ill patient can expect the maximum of care: the very best the hospital has to offer in terms of personnel and technology. Intensive Care Units (ICUs) are specialty nursing […]

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Green Healthcare Facilities: An Overview of Initial Capital Costs and Operational Benefits

Green Healthcare Facilities: An Overview of Initial Capital Costs and Operational Benefits This article will take an overview of the relationship between initial capital costs and the operational benefits that accrue from the additional costs of “going green”, the data being taken from healthcare facilities in the United States of America. In 2011, an American […]