Sfandyarifard, Elham and Tzortzopoulos, Patricia (2011) Supporting value generation in childrens hospital design through participatory approaches. In: 19th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction 2011 (IGLC). International Group for Lean Construction ( IGLC ), pp. 372-381. ISBN 9781622768233

This paper presents results of an ongoing PhD research, which aims to develop
guidelines to help designers incorporate children's perspectives when designing
children's hospitals. The paper discusses children’s hospital design through
participatory approaches and links it to the lean design literature, proposing new
insights into value generation. The research method is a case study, in which the
process of identifying children’s preferences and considering these into the different
stages of design is described. Data was collected through 16 semi-structured
interviews. The interviews were recorded, transcribed and along with other
documents analysed using content analysis. Results indicate that participation in
design provides children with opportunities for voicing their view and ensures their
requirements are available in all phases of the process. Such participation enables
requirements not to be lost when progressively transformed into design solutions. The
paper also discusses how realistic is it to consult with children, and which approaches
may help design decision making for future children’s hospital design.

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