Sharing a unified vision of a reimagined COANIQUEM campus, students divided into smaller groups to concentrate reframing efforts on the specific final outcomes of the Safe Niños Studio: Healing Tree Graphic Illustrations, Garment Fitting Room Designs, Electronic Check-in and Notification System, Interactive Therapeutic Toys, Teen Zone, and Waiting Room Remodel.
Students were guided by the vision of El Mundo de Santi (an outcome of the Safe Niños Spring Studio) and the narrative of the Healing Tree, which is a symbolic representation of the long treatment path that children will experience at COANIQUEM.
This magical world incorporates friendly animal characters who represent the various therapies offered at COANIQUEM. Infusing narrative and character designs into the campus environments and in ancillary materials (picture books, passports, toys, digital formats, etc.) strengthens the connection children will have to the storyline which will help them adjust to the realities of the intense treatments and emotions they will experience.
During the Development Seminar, students were engaged in a variety of activities including field research, sourcing materials, design refinement, prototype modeling, testing technology and schedule coordination (especially for projects that would eventually be installed on the campus).
The team responsible for the interactive therapeutic play experiences tested prototypes with children at the Miller’s Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Long Beach as well as with patients at COANIQUEM. Students on team TeenZone were engaged in sourcing products and testing shade material in addition to researching appropriate hammocks and installation systems. The electronic check-in and notification system required deep field research and digital redesign based on direct feedback and observations.
In August 2016, the Development Seminar students from each team returned to COANIQUEM to test prototypes, review measurements and discuss various project aspects with stakeholders. On this trip, students paid particular attention to measureable outcomes and metrics in evidence-based design that could be relevant to other pediatric healing environments and healthcare markets, challenging them to explore affordability and scalability in their own concepts. In collaboration with healthcare experts at COANIQUEM, students researched innovative products and devices, both high- and low-technology, that would be energy-efficient, data-collecting and resistant to infection. Other students researched low-cost materials that could be purchased in Chile to facilitate final implementation on campus. Two student teams installed their projects during this trip with support from COANIQUEM staff and volunteers from Duoc UC, a private non-profit university in Santiago, Chile.
In all aspects, students connected their efforts with COANIQUEM stakeholders, especially staff members, to make sure designs and items would be appropriate, functional, applicable and cost-effective. Students heavily collaborated with one another, exchanging ideas and providing continual support, always keeping in mind the holistic Big Picture of a complete reimagined COANIQUEM campus.