Healthcare Urbanism is a design philosophy that takes cues from urban design that can be applied in healthcare facility strategy and planning to embrace and adapt with demographic shifts and rapidly changing healthcare delivery systems.
Urban Design has been in practice for thousands of years. It can be traced to early civilizations such as the Indus Valley and Mesopotamian. However, what is new is the application of urban design principles in healthcare planning. Order, hierarchy of spaces, and contextual design are a few of the fundamental elements that can help planning professionals resolve complex problems. Having the opportunity to work in both arenas of healthcare and urbanism, I see the potential to revive the healthcare master planning process through applying simple urban design principles.