There’s a better way to die, and architecture can help


Thank you for posting on this and for taking this subject on in your own firm. My father died in a hospital room. As a member of the design community, I was panicked when I realized he was in the room where he would die; the room was awful. I wanted desperately to paint it or drape it in something so that it was less awful for him (I recognize you are talking about much larger interventions, but I only had a few hours to work with). I wanted to make the space softer or brighter or more comforting for him and for us. So many hospitals in their current state are inhumane. How is this when the very thing they are dealing with is humanity? This has plagued me since he passed. I am grateful the design community is starting to look at this. Thank you!

Christina Andriole, March 21, 2018