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Microbial Storytelling


The Arts and Humanity Research Council 


Research Team:

Julia Backhaus (Lead design researcher)

Dr. Kerstin Sailer (Space Syntax Analysis), Lead

Timo Smieszek (Public Health England)

In collaboration with UCLH and ST Georges Hospital

‘Microbial Storytelling: The interconnection between spatial practices, cultural norms and path of pathogens in hospital environments’, is a cross disciplinary design research and addresses issues of infection prevention control in hospital environments. Through a detailed architecturally informed analysis of transmission risks, the work explores how design might become an educational tool to interrupt or break infection pathways in hospital environments or supports a change of behavior, which brings awareness towards addressing the challenges posed by resistant pathogens.

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