MSKCC Community Care Garden

Developed for the Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, this project explored ways to use speculative future technology to bring nature into a hospital setting. We drew ispiration from the book Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being and the work of psychologist Roger Ulrich, as well as insights from the MSKCC patients and staff, derived from patient interviews and visits to MSKCC's current outpatient oncology facilities.

Completed with Rae Milne, Alex Todaro, and Willa Tracosas, for Jill Nussbaum's Design in Public Spaces class at the School of Visual Arts MFA Interaction Design Program, Spring 2013.

MSKCC Community Care Garden from Beth Wernet on Vimeo.

A look at how the Community Care Garden would function, told through the story of Bob, a patient at MSKCC, and Judy, his wife. Central to our concept was the idea that this could benefit anyone from the least engaged user, who simply gets to be surrounded by nature in the subtle ways that have been shown to benefit healing, to the most engaged, who actively seeks out and builds a community around the garden.

Insights and Findings

Levels of User Engagement

Engagement Diagram