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Issue One:

Aged Care

Issue 01 of the EBD journal is essential reading for anyone developing a new aged care facility, or remodelling an existing one. Containing globally relevant, detailed case studies, evidence based design strategies, and articles about future trends, the Aged Care Issue of EBD Journal will assist you with brief development, design and facility management.

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Air versus Paper

How many times have you wondered about which hand drying method is most hygienic? Well, after a recent US study (2018) into the impact of hot-air hand dryers on the spread of bacteria, you have an answer, and you will never look at a dryer in the same way again.

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MSD Four Years On

In 2014, John Wardle Architects, in collaboration with NADAA, completed a new school of design for the University of Melbourne. Four years on, we report on the outcomes of a rigorous co-design process but also the importance of effective project management in the realisation of this significant work.

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Sensing Home

Can the design of aged care facilities help residents to feel more at home, and if so, how? One residential facility in Tuscany, Italy, has found several ways to do so.

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The Knowledge Problem

How do we, as designers, inform ourselves about the environmental transactions that occur between people and the spaces that we occupy? Results from EBD's global study.

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What's in a Line?

Do the physical properties of an exhibition space and the hanging of artworks affect the viewing behaviour of visitors? To answer this and other significant questions, a series of experiments were conducted in the St. Gallen Fine Art Museum in Switzerland.

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Layered Boundary Spaces

Spatial dimensions, light, materiality, colour and shape all play a part in our judgment of spaciousness. But what do we know about the effects created by the layering of multiple boundaries?

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Research Methods — Focus Groups

Focus groups can be effective, but they should be viewed as just one way of gathering the information that we need. For some projects there are more insightful (and more cost effective) research methodologies available.

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Urban Network Analysis

What architectural strategies help to activate urban environments? City Form Lab at MIT and SUTD are developing new digital tools to help designers and planners map the complex factors involved.

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Mythbusting: Colour Therapy

What is really known about how colour affects us, particularly in a healthcare setting? Are colour design guidelines for healthcare environments supported by scientific research findings?

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