well-being design/spatial considerations from the knowledge workplace
design could be applied to the spaces used by people in healthcare settings.
Learn more about this research by watching the research team’s webinar, “Comprehensive Workspace Performance Analytics for the Knowledge
Workplace,” on ASID Academy.
Led by Elizabeth Garland, MD, MS, from the Department of Preventive Medicine
at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in collaboration with the Center for
Active Design, Steelcase, and Perkins+Will, Stand Up to Work—a 2015 Transform
Grant recipient—is an ongoing applied research project focused on the health
benefits of minimizing sedentary behavior through the use of adjustable work-stations in an actual workplace environment.
The research team’s insight: “Understanding the principles and insights that
translate across sectors and differentiate the application of these based on the
environment, and understanding the audience and what is important to them
should be considered when sharing research.”
Acknowledging the difference in designing movement within an office and a
healthcare clinic, the researchers suggest that user-controlled, height-adjustable
tables and designated walking paths would be appropriate in offices, whereas
casework built at standing height and stools that allow individuals to sit/perch
at the elevated height may work in clinical settings to increase movement
throughout the day for a wide spectrum of benefits to an individual’s well-being.
TRANSLATING RESEARCH FOR DESIGN COMPETITIVENESS
As we develop a knowledge-based economy, there’s more demand for
research to inform our decisions, as with evidence-based design. Change
is happening so quickly in workplaces and other spaces that researchers
have a hard time keeping up. Our profession benefits from collaborating
with different disciplines, as well as within interior design, to arrive at creative solutions. Some guidelines for designers interested in interdisciplinary
• Actively share research and design. Make your research and design available
and carefully consider how and where it is shared to maximize connectivity.
• Critically understand the context and subject. Know the parameters and
characteristics of both design sectors for effective cross-pollination.
• Creatively discuss the implications. Coax sparks for innovation by collaborating with each other.
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2. The wrong sitting
position can be a
pain in the neck and
back—literally. When a
person slouches over
a keyboard, the result
is muscle fatigue from
3. The Stand Up to Work
research team studied
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