The Healing Cradle adaptive sensory patient recovery room personalizes environmental stimuli by orchestrating it into an architectural choreography that dynamically adjusts and changes to meet the needs and goals of each patient as they journey through their healing narrative for a particular illness.
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Healing Cradle: An adaptive sensory patient recovery room
Sketchup/ Lumion 9 Pro/ Camtasia 2019
The Healing Cradle project pioneers a movement to change the way the world designs and builds architecture. Today, buildings are passive as they house function to help meet occupant need. Yet, the Healing Cradle pulls architectural evolution from passive design to interactive design to adaptive design. And when such adaptive environments are fused with multi-sensory design – architecture fosters function; which in turn serves to meet occupant need, but also goes beyond this to help occupants overcome challenges, and actualize their desired short-term and longer-term goals. In essence, this Healing Cradle project unlocks the critical role environments have in helping people become the best version of themselves – in this case, by helping them to heal more quickly, with greater quality, and with optimized resilience. This demonstrates how in the future, environmental designers can transform built environments from merely functioning as vessels that contain functionality, into vehicles that nurture functionality by helping occupants to get from where they are to where they want to be.
The Healing Cradle adaptive sensory patient recovery room personalizes environmental stimuli by orchestrating it into an architectural choreography that dynamically adjusts and changes to meet the needs and goals of each patient as they journey through their healing narrative for a particular illness. In doing this, the Healing Cradle proactively helps the medical team to treat and care for the patient while also helping the patient to engage in beneficial healing behaviors at just the right time during the healing narrative. Thus, this project unlocks how architecture can evolve beyond mere one-off interactions, to create environments that engage in a two-way dialogue with their occupants to help each person actualize their highest potential – and when applied to all building types, this is how we as a humanity can grow into our next evolution.