Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)

A New Normal: How Pandemic Disruptions Spurred Positive Innovations in the Built Environment

Every pandemic throughout history has left its mark, changing how we design and inhabit the built environment. The Coronavirus pandemic is no different. Coming back from the brink of disaster is pushing us to be better. Our take-aways from COVID-19 have accelerated positive emerging trends like the outdoor office, touchless technology and modular construction. The result will be healthier spaces and indoor environments that place a priority on wellness.

Understanding Furniture Flammability and Human Health

Designers play an important role in protecting the health, safety and welfare of the clients they serve. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the specification of upholstered furniture as it relates to flammability and occupant health. In this episode, Dr. Marilyn Black of Underwriters Laboratories discusses a new tool for designers to better understand the relationship between these important design requirements. 

Health + Wellness

ASID is partnering with the Clinton Global Initiative to help designers specify safer materials and furnishings—and create healthier spaces as a result.

Empathy in Architecture

No longer are hospitals and healthcare facilities merely functional— they must now also take the emotional well-being of users into consideration. Here's how color, light, and music can all help.

Person-Centered Design

The coming publication of new design guidelines that support person-centered care is exciting news for the healthcare design industry.