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Decomposing programmes: Re-coding hospital work with spatially syntactic information
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7089-4244
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Architecture.
2012 (English)In: Proceedings: Eight International Space Syntax Symposium / [ed] Margarita Greene, José Reyes, and Andrea Castro, 2012, 8145:1-8145:22 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper argues that one of the main problems of finding consistent and valuable relations between workflow, organization, and spatial configurations lies not in the lack of relations or dominancy of programme, but in underdeveloped descriptions of activity and programme in a specific sense: the programmes and activities studied have been described from an organizational point of view rather than a spatial. This paper investigates how to rewrite the work programmes of a Hospital into something that carries syntactical information in its own description, thereby making a discussion of spatial configuration and workplace environments more feasible. The paper is based on a research project on Karolinska Universitetssjukhuset in Huddinge, south of Stockholm, where several hospital units have been studied to allow a continuously refined understanding of the workflow and its spatial conditions in consecutive iterations. The proposed model for re-description of work highlights certain parts of spatial configuration connected to the different situations in which the work takes place, and goes on to discuss the implications of this re-description for architectural programming as well as workplace analysis. This empirical support includes individual interviews, group seminars, and presentations in small workshops, and material from this study will be included to support and develop the argument. The main argument revolves around breaking up the connection roles-functions-spaces into a descriptions of tasks-situations-configurations, which can then be brought back into the different roles and stages of the organization's workflow and better accommodate for flexible spaces where the differentiating needs within as well as between different roles can be taken into account.

Abstract [sv]

Den här artikeln utgår från att ett av de huvudsakliga problemen med att hitta konsekventa samband mellan arbetsflöde, organisation, och rumslig konfiguration inte ligger i avsaknad av sådana samband eller att programmen är för dominerande, utan i en underutvecklad beskrivning av aktivitet och program på ett specifikt sätt: program och aktiviteter som studeras har beskrivits utifrån organisatorisk synvinkel, ofta genom de organisationsscheman som verksamheterna själva använder. Problemet för en undersökning om samband mellan rumskonfiguration och olika aktiviteter blir att dessa saknar rumsligt innehåll och klumpar ihop verksamheter som organisatoriskt kan vara lika men som rumsligt beter sig helt olika. Den här artikeln inleder en utveckling av tankemodeller och metoder för att bryta upp och definiera om 'program' på arbetsplatser för att ge större precision åt studier av arbetsplatsbyggnader genom analys av ett mindre antal enheter på Huddinge Universitetssjukhus.

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2012. 8145:1-8145:22 p.
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building morphology, workspace analysis, architectural programme, architectural configuration, hospital work, visibility
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-53143ISBN: 978-956-345-862-6OAI: diva2:469067
8th international space syntax symposium. Santiago de Chile. 3 - 6 January 2012
QC 2011Available from: 2012-01-23 Created: 2011-12-22 Last updated: 2012-01-23Bibliographically approved

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