Innovations in Hospice Architecture

2nd Edition

Stephen Verderber, Ben J. Refuerzo

December 19, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 348 Pages - 227 Color & 133 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367312923 - CAT# K426256

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This fully revised, new edition of Innovations in Hospice Architecture responds to the need for an up-to-date, theoretically based reference book summarizing key historical and recent developments with respect to this rapidly evolving building type. This Second Edition presents:

  • an overview of the historical origins of the contemporary hospice
  • the diverse variations on the basic premise of hospice care
  • a review of the scant architectural literature published on this subject to date
  • a broad series of case studies of exemplary hospices around the world
  • planning and design concepts for palliative care environments.

Case study projects are from Japan, Canada, Europe, Africa, Australia, Indonesia, China, the United States and South America. Thirty-six case studies are individually presented and comparatively analysed, and prognostications for the future of hospice architecture are examined. Each case includes floor plans, technical drawings and beautiful, full colour illustrations. Through an in-depth discussion of the inner profundities of hospice architecture, the book presents this type as a humane, genuine expression of the spiritual, physical and psychosocial dimensions of the contemporary death and dying movement. Written with a broad audience in mind, the book provides both technical and conceptual information, blending narrative, images and diagrammation so that the audience may understand and articulate the complexities of this specialized building type in professional practice contexts.


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