Tom Guthknecht: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2021

Name Dr. Tom Guthknecht
Lehre Architektur
ETH Zürich, HIB E 43
Stefano-Franscini-Platz 1
8093 Zürich

052-0512-00LPlanning Strategies for Complex Buildings Using the Example of Health Facilities (FS) Information Restricted registration - show details
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2 credits2VT. Guthknecht
AbstractHealth facility buildings are subject to extraordinary and dynamic changes. The ageing population (to name only one example of change with resulting medical effects) confronts the entire health care building infrastructure with substantial medical and economic challenges.
ObjectiveThe elective subject offers an insight to health facility planning and traverses the themes and phases of health facility planning. Special attention is given to the functionally-differentiated planning and to the planning methodology "Integral Process Design".
ContentArchitecture for health facilities supports the provision of health care for people in need for care with flexible and adaptable building concepts. The demographic changes and the changing disease patterns in the population represent particular challenges for health facility planning. Innovative organizational and building structures have to be developed to cope with these continuously changing tasks. In order to meet these requirements, the architectural functional planning of health facilities should be differentiated further. The individual elements of planning have to be adjusted in a well-balanced manner.
As a core point of planning, the functionally-differentiated planning of health facilities provides the context for the growing need of highly qualified medical services combined with reduced operational costs.
Health facility architecture can however only support the medical workflow in the best possible way. This is because a well-designed health facility can never guarantee a good medical service but a badly designed facility can hinder if not impede entirely a good medical performance.
During the design formalization of the health facility concept various aspects such as conceptual, organizational, medical, social, human, economic and technical requirements have to be reconciled. To achieve these goals, priorities must be set and landmark decisions must be taken.
With the Integral Process Design approach a functional-differentiated design concept is applied which forms the base for the intertwined and iteratively embraced overall concept of complex buildings. By using the Integral Process Design methodology the workflows, activities, functions and departments of a health facility are connected with special consideration an optimization of their interfaces. The goal is to achieve optimal work conditions from functional-medical, human, design and economic viewpoints.

The topics of the elective subject are supplemented by a series of guest lectures following specific themes of the modules. The various specialists from different sectors of health facility planning shall directly report from their experience in the field.
Lecture notesPresentation will be made available by the lecturer.
063-0820-21LPlanning Strategies for Complex Buildings Using the Example of Health Facilities (Thesis Elective) Information Restricted registration - show details 6 credits13AT. Guthknecht
AbstractIndependently written scientific paper concerning a subject in the area of health facility planning and design with special focus upon the dynamic changes in health care services and the according planning and building reactions to them.
ObjectiveThe objective is that the students engage in a debate of a differentiated functional planning as a basis for health care buildings which are to be successful medically, operationally and in design.
On the basis of a given scope of themes the students carry out research aiming for possible improvements in health facility planning. The scope of subjects is announced at the beginning of each semester.
ContentHealth care buildings are subject to constant change. In a new hospital building 60% of the diagnostic and treatment areas are subject to building changes within the first 10 years of operation. Architecture has to develop concepts which accommodate this level of dynamics into the building structure in a better way.
In the coming years this need for adaptability is going to be challenges even further by the even more reducing health care resources. The paper should discuss in this context a specific question in detail by analysing problems and developing and discussing potential planning solutions.