A path for healthier environments
The difference between Evidence-based Design (EbD) and designs based on evidence is not only in the wording. It is whether or not scientific methods are being used in research projects that evaluate the impacts of architecture on health and economy.
Most healing architecture and EbD practitioners have boldly translated findings from studies in environmental health and environmental psychology to their interventions; what Kirk Hamilton calls first level practitioners as described in his 4 level evidence-based practice research model. The literature and studies commonly reviewed look at how environmental factors (such as light, noise, smell and temperature among others) affect our overall sense of wellbeing and health. In fine, summaries and conclusions made set the premise for decision making in the design process. These proceedings that take place in so called "architectural research", show results which often end up in anecdotal evidence.
Only few EbD research cases have reportedly brought together architectural design and scientific research with the purpose of analyzing relations between variables and evaluating specific outcomes.
For this purpose the evidence-based design cluster at TU-Berlin has committed to develop methods, tools and strategies with transdisciplinary commitment to scientifically evaluate the impacts of built environments on urbanhealth and economic outcomes. The aim is to setup architectural innovation with paths that gather evidence crucial for decision makers to warranty, return on investment and strong bases for health policy.
The challenge is being faced with a close cooperation and partnership between Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the TU-Berlin through its key areas of Public Health and Human Health respectively.
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Dipl.-Ing.Arch. MScPH Álvaro Valera Sosa
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