Edited by Francesca Giofrè, Sapienza University of Rome, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture and Design and Zoran Đukanović, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Urbanism.
This book "Hospital Outdoors: quality through users' experience" is in continuity with the previous book, by the same editors, entitled "Health Spaces. Hospital outdoor environment" (ed. Tesis, 2015). In the previous book, the editors aimed to shed light on the then under-researched problem of hospital outdoor spaces from the perspective of experts and academics, from top to bottom. In this second book, the same issue is explored from the bottom up by examining the opinions and attitudes of the users themselves: doctors, patients, visitors, delivery people and passers-by who are the daily actors in the vibrant everyday life of these specific urban areas. Using a methodology developed by the editors and shared with the different researchers/authors, the book offers an insight into the perception and use of open spaces around seven hospital facilities in different parts of the world (Europe, Africa, Central and South America). The case studies examined are: in Albania, the General Regional Hospital "Teni Konomi", Korça City (by M. Tuxhari); in Serbia, the University Hospital Medical Centre "Bežanijska kosa", Novi Beograd Municipality, Belgrade (J. Marić & Z. Đukanović); in Ethiopia, the Ayder Comprehensive Specialised Hospital, Mekelle City (by D. Semunugus); in Kenya, Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi (by R. Manguru); in Sudan, Hajelsafi Hospital Khartoum, Bahri (by A.Y.E. Elhassan); in Guatemala, Sololá Hospital, Sololá, and in Paraguay (by A. Aguilar & L. E. Kohon Ortiz, Hospital Central of Instituto de Previsión Social, Asunción (by D. Acosta).
The word ‘quality’ [from lat. qualĭtas -atis, der. di qualis "which"] is assumed in its wide meaning as an element that positively or negatively characterizes a space. Researches in different parts of the world were conducted with the aim of identifying differences and similarities in defining "quality" as a resultant of complex characteristics of use, understanding, planning and design of hospital outdoors, which arise from local environmental and cultural specificities.
The eBook is freely available:https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ipQW15ucj8BjWu7ByCoNwK9R3frxLGEB/view?usp=sharing
Hospital Outdoors: quality through users' experience
14 March 2023