Design is Disruptive

Good design is often about doing things in a completely different way than they’ve been done before. And when you’ve innovated and found a better way you really can’t go on doing things the way they’ve always been done. In this way, design is disruptive to the status quo. CBC and Matt Galloway have created a new series about brilliant Canadian designers and their work, called Disrupting Design, and I’m very pleased that a project I worked on, Bridgepoint Active Healthcare, is featured in episode 3. 

I think you’ll agree that the series is very well done, and makes a compelling case for design innovation. In episode 3, Greg Colucci and Marian Walsh talk about the patient centred design innovations that took place at Bridgepoint and how they have improved patient outcomes.

As is often the case with hospital architecture, the design team for Bridgepoint was extensive including multiple firms; KPMB, Stantec, Diamond Schmitt, and HDR made up the architectural team. The project has recieved many accolades for design excellence including from the American Institute of Architects, the Ontario Association of Architects, and others. 

The video is available here. Bridgepoint segment begins around minute 8.

 Images are stills from the CBC tv series Disrupting Design.  


CBC TV Previews Bridgepoint Hospital

Bridgepoint Health’s redevelopment project has opened its doors to a CBC camera crew, providing a glimpse of the facility that patients have now moved in to.

Designed by a large team of architects (of which the editor of was a part) including HDR Architecture, Diamond and Schmitt, KPMB, and Stantec,the 10 storey, 462 bed new facility is challenging the we think about buildings where health care occurs. The Toronto Star’s Christopher Hume called it a pioneering building that’s part of a change in the way hospitals are designed.

CBC: Bridgepoint