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Activists suggest creating a reality show about designing oncologic dispensaries in Belarus

23.12.2016  |  Society
Activists suggest creating a reality show about designing oncologic dispensaries in Belarus vitavtomatika.by

Moreover it is planned to implement a pilot architecture project on the basis of the Vitebsk Oncology Center next year.

Minsk hosted a round table on architecture and design of oncologic dispensaries.

- All of us face stigmatization to one extent or another, - noted Irina Zhykhar, the director of the Cancer patients support center “In the Name of Life”.

- Some time ago it seemed to me: what can I as an ordinary citizen, have to say about architecture? - continued Irina Zhykhar. - But I changed my mind in 2010, when together with Siarhei Drazdouski, the deputy chair of the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we went to study barrier-free environment in Denmark and Brussels.

This experience has become the impetus for Irina Zhykhar to start thinking about universal design that combines the interests of different people with different needs. Natalia Lazouskaja, associate professor of the department of "Architecture of residential and public buildings" of Belarusian National Technical University spoke on the subject in greater detail.

Although we almost don’t speak about it patients with cancer also have their own needs and requirements for the design of oncologic dispensaries.

- There are no solid requirements for the design of such institutions in Belarus. A lot of feedback from patients, medical staff and relatives is required to develop these standard requirements, - believes Natalia Lazouskaja.

According to the expert, it is planned to develop a unified reference document with all the requirements for a barrier-free environment by the end of next year.

Aliaksandra Mazanik, associate professor of the department of "Design of architectural environment" of Belarusian National Technical University expanded on the topic of taking into account all the psychosomatic characteristics of patients when making architectural design of interiors. But how can we make a design of the interior of a hospital, when absolutely different people will use hospital’s facilities? Perhaps we can create a neutral environment that would satisfy everyone’s needs.

During the round table a proposal to create a pilot architecture project on the basis of the Vitebsk Oncology Center next year appeared. It is planned that the requirements will be formulated by September 2017, and the presentation of projects will take place in December.

Advertiser Yulia Liashkevich highlighted that it is important that we start talking about the issue, that’s why she suggested launching a reality show on television.

- People are very afraid to talk about oncology. The purpose of this reality show would be to get a new angle on the problem. People are interested in color and its impact on their lives. The program would be dedicated to color and design in our lives, it may cover many aspects. It would be fascinating to work with young architects, designers, and psychologists - offered Yulia Liashkevich.

Right now this suggestion is only an idea, but perhaps our TV channels will pay attention to it soon.

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