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What is Medicine X?

  • Medicine X is a catalyst for new ideas about the future of medicine and health care. The initiative explores how emerging technologies will advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to be active participants in their own care. The “X” is meant to encourage thinking beyond numbers and trends—it represents the infinite possibilities for current and future information technologies to improve health. Under the direction of Dr. Larry Chu, Assistant Professor of Anesthesia, Medicine X is a project of the Stanford AIM Lab.

LaN abstract: 

LIVE ARCHITECTURE: body-fed design

1) highlighting the incredible accessibility patients have to acquire personal data with minimal cost and technical know-how (apps / sensors)
2) show how data from the body can not only be visualized but crafted to analytically drive the generation of 3d spatial form
3) provoking the value in moving from a static ‘diagnosis’ or an ‘annual exam’ to a continual sensing of our personal health collected by and empowering the patient themselves to be used in collaboration with medical professionals.

Digital Design, Personal Health Sensors, Computational Design, Parametric Modeling, Mass Customization, Data visualization, 3D Scanning, Data Flow, Architecture

Most often when an architect is involved in dialogue about healthcare / medicine the focus quickly becomes the design of hospitals for the critically ill. Instead, what if we agree for a moment that we are all in fact ‘patients’ of varying degrees. If personal health for all falls somewhere between the absolutes of minimum and maximum  health, then likely we are capable of seeing any sharp division between ‘the sick’ and ‘the healthy’ disappear. Therefore let’s be mindful we all have the opportunity to be more invested in optimizing our health on a daily & longterm basis.

The spaces that we typically spend our days in… were they actually conceived with the body prioritized? Consider most usually they are heavily informed by a conceptual vision, square footage requirements, economics, standardization (of windows.. of material dimensions), etc.

If ‘Architecture’ fundamentally grew out of a need to limit our exposure of our bodies from forces of nature that cause harm when experienced in extremes (temperature, wind and sunlight exposure, storms, wildlife) then it seems apt time to make use of advancing technologies to investigate deeper the complexities of our inner ecosystems to inform our built environments.

The workshop will have users collect some live personal data to be used in a digital model to show how variable data (from person to person) creates different geometric outcomes using a type of modeling software that is described as ‘visual programming’.

The workshop will also explore how design-minds may be very capable in medical diagnostic realms in relation to architectural topics of complex patterning, gradients of effects, systems behavior and so forth. The workshop will run exercises in data-visualization. A 3d portable scanner will be utilized in the explorations; some participants will have the hands-on use of the scanner while others will witness the whole process projected.

In 2012, we are living in a time of unprecedented data collection, management, and sharing capabilities that allow us to refine our sensibilies about data… about who is best suited to collect… process and manage it… essentially all of us patients.