Definition of ‘Generative space’:
Generative space is an environment, a place — both physical and social — where the experience of participants fulfills the functional requirements of that space and it also materially improves the health, healthcare, and quality of life for those participating in that experience in a manner they can articulate in their own terms.
By its very nature, a generative space is a place that progressively and tangibly improves over time.
The purpose of cultivating generative space is to improve performance effectiveness. Depending upon the interests of a particular individual, organization, or community the measurements of effectiveness will vary. However, in all cases, whatever these measures are — they will be used to encourage, support, and reinforce increasing performance effectiveness in health, healthcare, and quality of life.
The goal of understanding how to cultivate generative space is to be able to produce it consistently, reliably, and predictably across the full range of life’s contextual situations — including:
a. our personal lives,
b. our professional and organizational work, and
c. throughout the vast spectrum of our community
Visit our website, www.thecaritasproject.info — in particular, see the ‘Leading by Design’ Case Studies.
ANON, 2013. Two Projects Named Generative Space
Award Recipients. Medical Construction & Design. January /
February, 8 and 11.
AUGUSTIN, S., 2012. Interview with Wayne Ruga on Success with
Generative Space Design. Research Design Connections. [online].
Vol. 11, No. 3.
DUFFY DAY, T., and RUGA, W. 2012. Designing
for Health: Action Research as a New Paradigm for Improving Health
Contract Magazine Online [online]. 1 June.
RUGA, W., 2012. Architecture as a Place to
Flourish. AIACC. [online], 25 April.
RUGA, W. and KIRKCALDY, S. 2012. Beyond Evidence-Based Design: A Call
to Leadership to Create Healthcare Environments that Enable Flourishing. Medical
Construction & Design. March / April, 32
BURDETTE, I., and SICKELER, A. 2011. Willson
Hospice Fulfills Community Commitments through Design,
Function. Medical Construction & Design. November / December,
32 - 35.
RABER, S., 2011. Treating the Whole Patient in Ireland. Global
Health Dispatch; UBC Medical Undergraduate Society. [online]
RUGA, W., 2011. Why Design Really Matters. Interior Architecture of China. April, 282 - 283.
ANON., 2010. Beacon of Hope: Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute Wins
1st Generative Space Award. Medical Construction & Design. September
/ October, 22-26.
HENDERSHOT, S., 2010. Evolving Spaces. Perspective: The Journal
of the International Interior Design Association. Fall. 15-18.
RUGA, W., 2010. Applied Generative Space: Improving Health and Well
Being Through Your Practice Environment. Journal of Holistic Healthcare. 7(1), 36-39.
DUFFY DAY, T., 2010. Designing
for Health: Leading by Design – A
Place to Flourish. Contract Magazine Online [online], 14 January.
Interview., 2009. (Q&A with Dr. Wayne Ruga: Generative
Learning). Medical Construction & Design, September / October, 32-34.
RUGA, W., (Invited Editorial)., 2008. Your General Practice Environment
Can Improve Your Community’s Health. British Journal of General
Practice. 58(552), 460-462.
RUGA, W., and RIDENOUR, A., 2008. Generative Space: Creating Sustainable
Improvements. Asian Hospital & Healthcare Management. 15, 85-86.
Beyond the “Smackdown” Towards an Architecture of
Humanscale - 'A Place to Flourish', Dr.
Wayne Ruga with Dr. Mark Rowe
We appreciate all those individuals who have contributed
time, financial support, creativity, and gravitas - including the Advisory
Board, the Award Partners, and the judges. The generous team of individuals
who produce the Rudy Bruner Award (RBA) deserve special recognition
for their kindness as well as for serving as a source of inspiration
for more than a decade. Finally, Dr. Susan Kirkcaldy and Susan Szenasy
are due a debt of gratitude for their editing skill, patience, and
willingness to go the extra mile. 'Thank you' for your support
of this award program.
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