Ah, spring. For better or worse, I am grateful for being able to spend four seasons in Cleveland, and this is my favorite. Although it is still early, this spring has been particularly pleasant so far, when I recovered from the second dose of COVID-19 vaccine (I am now at Pfizer camp), this week I appreciated it in a new way at this point. Because of the cold and soreness, I couldn’t sleep. I am grateful that the beautiful blue sky outside my window and the 60-degree daylight allowed me to break the window and feel the cool air on my face.
So when I took a step back to finish the production of this issue of the magazine, it was an easy choice to pair the cover photo with the “fresh air” lines. After all, isn’t this something we all desire now? One form or another? The project itself is the Oak Pavilion at MarinHealth Medical Center in Greenbrae, California. It incorporates a level of biophilic design that I rarely see in healthcare. Its indoor/outdoor solarium space alone is encouraging.
I remember that I participated in a webinar at a virtual NeoCon event held in June last year, where I shared with some editorial colleagues in the Emerald design team the trends we saw in various departments we covered, including COVID-19 although not A specific topic discussed, but when someone asked if we would find it to become a greater trend in post-pandemic health care, the relationship between relatives and friends emerged during the Q+A period. Before the webinar, I didn’t think much about it, but my immediate reaction was: “Yes, I think so.”
At that time, we have been forced to enter an environment where we are keenly aware of the surrounding environment and its impact on our personal health-from the physical distance of the people next to us to the cleanliness of the space. We know that exposure to nature will only make us feel better. Therefore, it is clear that these two themes may conflict with each other.
While using natural materials, integrating nature-themed art, and even improving vision, these are commendable solutions, and I continue to return to the concept of fresh air. After all, in the context of how the industry will develop after the pandemic, we have heard too much information about HVAC systems (especially how to update) to better deal with airborne pathogens in the future. This is another aspect of the concept. A twist. But what better time to rethink the question of operable windows that has been debated for a long time, or to reflect what MarinHealth is doing on the passage to the garden, balcony and terrace?
Even if more and more people are vaccinated and we are living a certain normal life, staying indoors for a long time will feel different, especially in the field of healthcare. Moreover, open windows or courtyard passages that can be used at any time will be ideal for everyone.