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Co-design instruments in health care buildings

Grant number: 17/14234-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): December 01, 2017
Effective date (End): November 30, 2018
Field of knowledge:Applied Social Sciences - Architecture and Town Planning - Architecture and Urbanism Technology
Principal Investigator:Márcio Minto Fabricio
Grantee:Monique Malvestio de Santi
Home Institution: Instituto de Arquitetura e Urbanismo de São Carlos (IAU). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Carlos , SP, Brazil


The design of health buildings is characterized by great complexity, since it is essential to ensure functionality and operational efficiency to the building. For this to occur, a broad understanding of the dynamics of activities occurring in it is required. However, architects generally do not have deep knowledge about these activities. Therefore, the literature indicates the potential involvement of users in the process of designing health care buildings to ensure compatibility between the physical space project and the services provided. As a result, this research is based on the level of co-design, which considers the effective involvement of the user and presents great potential to provide relevant benefits in the design process. Thus, it is sought to list the possible instruments capable of making co-design viable, with the objective of adding to the project the knowledge related to the use of the building itself and, in this way, to ensure the quality of the services rendered in favor of the population. In addition, it is intended to deepen the study of the different categories of users present in these buildings - especially those who are responsible for providing the services, such as doctors and nurses and those who benefit from the services provided by them, in this case patients - Since the understanding of the dynamics between them, related to the activities inherent to health care buildings, is essential for the development of a common language aiming at the joint design of a project that meets the existing demands. (AU)