Building and infrastructure Architecture
Concept Phase for New Hospital Unit for Psychiatry, Sørlandet hospital
There is a need for better facilities for today's psychiatric unit at Sørlandet hospital (SSHF) in Kristiansand, Norway. Today it is old and inconvenient in terms of quality and operation. SSHF has decided to implement a concept phase to examine the possibilities for development of a new psychiatric unit. There are day calls for adult psychiatry in Kristiansand and Arendal, and four additional community mental health centres (DPS). The study is funded by the health authority and implemented in accordance with the Competence network for hospital planning's supervisor for early planning. It is implemented parallel work on development of the whole health authority, as this concept phase will be included.
Finding a good home for dementia sufferers
Norway is evaluating innovative housing options for dementia sufferers. Perhaps small serviced housing projects and dementia 'villages' will provide a more normal life than nursing homes and institutions?
Solar cells in the roof and nanotechnology in the walls
It isn't cars and vehicle traffic that produce the greatest volumes of climate gas emissions – it's our own homes. But new research will soon be putting an end to all that!