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Flexibility: Beyond the Buzzword — Practical Findings from a Systematic Literature Review

Written by HDR's Jane Carthey, BArch, MPM, in conjunction with Vivien Chow, BArch, MPD, Yong-Moon Jung, BSW, MSW, Susan Mills, BA, GradDiplnfStud, the goal of this article was to identify practical, cost-effective, design-related strategies for “future-proofing” the buildings of a major Australian health department.

Many health buildings become obsolete before the end of their effective physical lives, requiring extensive reconfiguration or replacement. This study sought to move beyond the oft-used buzzword flexibility to seek effective strategies to accommodate future change (future-proofing) that could be further explored in Australia and other developed countries.

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