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Architect's response to the recent pandemic crisis

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Architect's response to the recent pandemic crisis
"If spaces can be purposefully designed, they can assist in the prevention, containment, and treatment of infectious disease, including COVID-19."




Recently, the lives of millions of people have drastically changed as they became prisoners in their houses because of the recent pandemic: "voluntary prisoners". Stuck in between the walls of the house, one can only wonder how architecture helps us shape our lives.  The covid 19 virus had a big impact on urban space as well.
These are some extraordinary designs for these "extraordinary times".

1- Covid-19 Superhospital BER
German studio Opposite Office has proposed creating a temporary Covid-19 superhospital inside Berlin's unfinished Brandenburg airport during the coronavirus pandemic
Each hospital bay would include a single bed, tray table, hospital monitor and sink
The modular cabins would be constructed with steel frames and planking
The runways and roadways outside the airport would become makeshift test centres for drive up Covid-19 testing

2- Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital (10 days of construction)


"Engineering work is what China is good at. They have records of building skyscrapers at speed. This is very hard for Westerners to imagine. It can be done,"
"China has a record of getting things done fast even for monumental projects like this," says Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Xiaotangshan Hospital was built in seven days, allegedly breaking the world record for the fastest construction of a hospital.

3- Designs Mobile Units to Address Hospital Bed Shortage from COVID-19




“While most people are focused on today’s issues,” Jupe care wrote via e-mail recently from self-isolation in New York City, “a team of us who worked in pandemic response have been looking at a near-future disaster [such as the current outbreak]. For the past two weeks, a multidisciplinary team has designed and developed rapidly deployable modular care and COVID-19 recovery/isolation rooms. We are also developing the world’s first mobile off-grid/micro-grid capable ICU if COVID-19 hits rural [areas].”









Each of the units, which are made at Jupe’s facility in Texas, are mounted on individual platforms (two in the case of Jupe Care and Jupe Plus). Up to 10 of the Care units can be connected side by side to make a bigger treatment area.

What 500,000 Jupe beds would like on a container ship

4- Intensive-Care Pods for the COVID-19 Pandemic by Carlo Ratti

CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati with Italo Rota in collaboration with an international team of experts developed CURA (Connected Units for Respiratory Ailments), plug-in Intensive-Care Pods for the COVID-19 pandemic. 

An open-source design for emergency hospitals, the project’s first unit is currently under construction in Milan, Italy.
The project is with the support of the World Economic Forum: COVID-19 Action Platform, and Cities, Infrastructure and Urban Services Platform and its first unit, currently under construction, is sponsored by UniCredit.

5- Inexpensive, Easy-to-Build Gridshell Pavilion Uses Air-Filled Cushions for Construction

SheltAir, a pavilion developed and designed by Gregory Quinn as part of his doctoral thesis at the Berlin University of the Arts is, as its name suggests, a shelter constructed with the help of air: a meticulously devised system comprising an elastic gridshell and pneumatic falsework in the form of air-filled cushions.


While the prototype, currently on display in Berlin at ANCB The Aedes Metropolitan Laboratory, has a span of 13 meters, this method of construction allows considerable design freedom in terms of form—the designer has experimented with a wide range of spans, curvatures and pressures to determine the feasibility of each. If deployed, SheltAir would not only be efficient, but also a refreshing break from the typical, planar shelters being built today.





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