Technology-driven approaches in healthcare architecture and design



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This session explores the potential of technology-driven approaches to drive innovation in the area of healthcare architecture, design and research. Virtual Reality (VR) is an emerging and rapidly developing technology that can be used as a powerful method to engage end-users in healthcare and design projects.

It is well suited for projects aiming to design human-centered spaces, which contribute to positive outcomes and user experience. The topics for this session are drawn from the New and Optimised Virtual Environments Living Lab (NOVELL) project led by Professor Julie Bernhardt at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. This project sets out to rethink how rehabilitation facilities are designed and integrated into new models of care.

The session will include a cross-disciplinary expert presentation and discussion around VR technology and its potential in facilitating end-user engagement and research data collection in the design process. The audience will be invited to live-test different environments and design scenarios using VR technology. Participants will be able to rate their experience and provide feedback in real-time while immersed in VR scenarios.

This event is made possible by the Hugh D T Williamson Foundation through funding for MPavilion’s Design & Science series of events.

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