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What are your goals this year? After traveling from the U.S. to China and back to Los Angeles to facilitate a workshop and teach two CEU programs in Dallas and Houston all in three weeks, mine is to carve out family time! Thanksgiving consisted
of pizza made by an expat from Brooklyn who now lives in Hangzhou, China—so
I’m also planning cooking time during the gatherings and celebrations in 2016.
Design professionals that I talk to are all trying to better balance the fastest
of fast-paced project work and the return of a supportive economy with family,
friends, and personal time. Once upon a time we thought that technology
was going to lead to increased efficiency that could potentially reduce the
hours required to complete project work. Instead, it seems to continually offer
more ways and options, and no one can ever catch up! A client the other
day requested “instant” renderings, because she saw it on HGTV. Clients
often think 3-D renderings are as simple as pushing a single button!
We’ve all made a statement along the lines of: “When technology works, it’s
great. But when it doesn’t…” Well, you get the idea.
To be a viable design firm, technology is essential, but how is technology
supporting the healthcare design marketplace? Can technology be a tool
that limits risks in a healthcare setting? Can technology reduce full-time
In December, I discussed a new system of sensors with a colleague while
in China working on the opening of the first resident-centered nursing home.
He is the CEO of a continuing care retirement community in the U.S. Its team
recently installed a sensor that utilizes technology to alert staff when a resident
falls. Given that older adults do fall, a system that also locates the resident
would be ideal.
By Jane Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, ACHA, CHID, LEED AP, Green Globes CIEB Assessor
Make the most of 2016 through enhanced technology and care.
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