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Sharon Davis Design builds rammed-earth hospital in Nepal

June 10, 2020 India Block 0
Bayalpata Hospital by Sharon Davis Design

Bayalpata Hospital is a medical complex in Achham, Nepal, built from rammed earth by American architecture office Sharon Davis Design. Serving one of Nepal’s poorest and most remote regions, Bayalpata Hospital replaced an old clinic that was too small for the number of patients needing treatment. Five medical buildings and an administrative block form the

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Miniwiz builds modular hospital ward prototype at Taipei hospital

June 4, 2020 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Modular hospital ward concept by Miniwiz, Taiwan's government and Fu Jen Catholic University Hospital

Design studio Miniwiz, Taiwan’s government and Fu Jen Catholic University Hospital have created a prototype for a modular ward using recycled aluminium panels, which would allow hospitals to quickly be adapted to fight coronavirus. Named Modular Adaptable Convertible (MAC), the kit was developed by recycling-focused studio Miniwiz with the Center For Innovation (CFI) at Fu

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Carlo Ratti calls for redesign of “dinosaur” hospitals and universities for the post-coronavirus era

May 11, 2020 Marcus Fairs 0
Carlo Ratti

Hospitals and universities are “dinosaurs” that need to be redesigned in the wake of coronavirus, according to architect Carlo Ratti. “I think we got two kinds of dinosaurs in society today,” Ratti told Dezeen in a live interview last week as part of Virtual Design Festival. Hospitals are “this kind of centralised machine where you

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“A non-healthcare building converted to a patient care space is not quite a hospital”

April 22, 2020 Jason Schroer 0
Temporary hospital in New York's Jacob K Javits Convention Center

While converting existing buildings into fully functioning hospitals is unfeasible, high schools and large hotels can be used as care space for coronavirus patients, says Jason Schroer, who is director of health at HKS’s firm in Dallas. Here he explains how. The Covid-19 pandemic brings a unique challenge to all healthcare architects. It stretches our design

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Shipping-container intensive care unit installed at Turin hospital

April 21, 2020 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Connected Units for Respiratory Ailments (CURA) intensive care  shipping-container pod by Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota

A two-bed intensive care unit within a shipping container, designed by Italian architects Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota, has been built at a hospital in Turin and is being used to treat patients fighting the coronavirus. Named Connected Units for Respiratory Ailments (CURA), the intensive care pod was designed by Carlo Ratti Associati and Rota to increase intensive

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Five ways architects and designers are helping the fight against coronavirus

April 9, 2020 Tom Ravenscroft 0
​Jupe flat-packed care units could bolster hospitals in coronavirus pandemic

From designing face shields and flat-pack intensive care units to 3D-printing hands-free door levers and converting buildings to hospitals, architects and designers are tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Here are five ways they are helping. Converting buildings to hospitals The unprecedented number of coronavirus cases is forcing countries around the world to rapidly increase their capacity to treat patients. To

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ExCel centre “obvious choice” to convert into coronavirus hospital says BDP architect

April 2, 2020 Tom Ravenscroft 0
Coronavirus hospital NHS Nightingale at London's ExCel Centre by BDP

Converting convention centres into coronavirus hospitals is the most efficient way to increase intensive-care capacity, according to James Hepburn of architect BDP, which helped convert London’s ExCel centre into the 4,000-bed NHS Nightingale. Conference centres around the world, including the ExCel in London, the Javits Center in New York and McCormick Place in Chicago, are

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Coronavirus quarantine hospital in Wuhan completes in just nine days

February 3, 2020 India Block 0
The coronavirus hospital has opened in Wuhan

A prefabricated hospital with capacity for 1,000 patients has been built in nine days in Wuhan, China, which is the epicentre of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The Chinese state confirmed yesterday that the first of two quarantine hospitals in Wuhan had completed in just over a week. It will start admitting the first 50 infected

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Timber health centre surrounds courtyard of medicinal plants

February 2, 2020 Jon Astbury 0
Taverny Medical Centre by MAAJ Architectes

MAAJ Architectes placed a cross-shaped courtyard for growing medicinal plants at the heart of a timber-framed health centre in the French town of Taverne. The Taverny Medical Centre brings together several previously disparate healthcare facilities under one roof. Because of the busy road next door MAAJ Architectes, decided to turn the building inwards. The plan of

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China building 1,000-bed hospital in ten days to treat coronavirus

January 27, 2020 Tom Ravenscroft 0
1,000-bed hospital being built in Wuhan, China, to treat coronavirus

The government of China is rapidly building a 1,000-bed hospital in Wuhan as part of its efforts to contain and treat patients suspected of contracting coronavirus. Named Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital, the 25,000-square-metre facility is being built in the Caidian District in the west of the city of Wuhan to treat coronavirus patients. At the time

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