Henigsman / Innovations in Prof. Stanko Kristl’s Health Space Designs, Their Humanity, and Today's Relevance

Innovations in Prof. Stanko Kristl’s Health Space Designs, Their Humanity, and Today's Relevance

Author: Jure Henigsman, University of Ljubljana

Supervisor: Tadej Glažar, Prof., University of Ljubljana; Peter Šenk, Assoc. Prof., University of Maribor

Research stage: initial doctoral stage

Category: Extended abstract

DDR Statement

In my doctoral dissertation, I will use Design Driven research to explore the methods and principles of humane design of healthcare buildings that Prof. Stanko Kristl used in his process. By comparing the study in the time-angle, I will try to identify the innovations in his building designs and extract his methods. Those can serve as a foundation for designing humane and adaptable structures for healing. Only these can enable us to face the challenges of constructing healthcare buildings today, as one of the most complex buildings in which technological and humanistic disciplines intersect.

A significant advantage of my research is access to essential information. Through direct contact, interviews and discussions with Prof. Kristl, I have access to an understanding of the lead author and designer whose approaches I am trying to analyse. The second part is the persistence of his works, which I visit and explore their use, adaptations and resilience over time. Also significant are the users, among whom I can communicate and analyse their subjective experience of the space that has been created for their work.