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Prefab truck and shipping container win healthcare facility design comp

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April 22, 2014

A US-based team has won the Professional strand of Building Trust's Moved To Care design c...

A US-based team has won the Professional strand of Building Trust's Moved To Care design competition

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Building Trust International has announced the winners of its 2014 Moved To Care competition. The competition sought design solutions for providing healthcare to rural and isolated areas in Asia. The winning designs are a medical clinic on wheels and a clinic built from a retired shipping container.

Building Trust International is a non-profit organization that was formed in 2010 with the aim of using design to solve world issues, such as those affecting people, wildlife or the planet. Its team includes architects, engineers, planners, contractors and other professionals that can help to shape the environment.

The Moved To Care competition is a humanitarian design contest aimed at delivering "better built solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems." Previous contests have given rise to improved schools for migrant and refugee communities, flood-resistant housing for Cambodia’s poor, access to play for communities in South Africa and low-cost housing solutions for homeless individuals in the UK.

The theme for the 2014 competition was decided upon after Building Trust International was approached to design a new diabetes clinic in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Due to the risk of redevelopment at the hospital where the clinic would be located, it was requested that the clinic be relocatable. The potential for relocatable healthcare facilities to connect rural and isolated areas led to the development of the Moved To Care brief.

The brief asked participants to design a healthcare facility that is safe, secure and relocatable. It also asked that designs include a clean and sterile environment for small surgical procedures, a temperature-controlled space for storing drugs, an area for nursing care and provision of health and well-being information and wash, toilet and kitchen facilities.

Participants were asked to be sympathetic to the local surroundings, to consider sustainability where possible and to keep build and maintenance costs to a minimum. Other factors requiring consideration included climate, flooding, local factors, build materials and accessibility.

Winners were chosen in two categories: Professional and Student. The Professional category was won by a team from the US with backgrounds in architecture and public health. The winning entry makes use of a truck containing a prefabricated medical space and the functionality for tripling the usable space once stationary and fully set up.

A render of the winning Professional design, which makes use of a truck containing a prefa...

The jury selected the entry due to, "its ease of deployment, creative use of color and clear layout of flexible spaces." It was also noted that high level of detail was paid to catering for the provision of health and well-being education to the local community.

"Working through the design challenges we focused on how architecture and public health were consistently always beneficial to each other, focusing on not only the clinical aspects, but also the community that will be affected by the facility," said winning team member Patrick Morgan.

Render of the winning Student design, a shipping container that can be delivered to a loca...

The Student strand of the contest was also won by a US-based entrant. Reflex was submitted by Christopher Knitt from the University of Wisconsin and makes use of a shipping container that can be delivered to a location before its contents are set up to provide an extended and customizable healthcare space.

"It is both humbling and exciting to be recognized in a competition that allows us to invest our creativity and passions towards a positive cause," said Knitt. "I believe that the entire collection of entries serves not only as a tool to raise awareness of needs within our world, but also as a showcase of people with a heart to invest themselves into those needs."

Building Trust International is looking for support from relevant NGOs, global healthcare professionals and private companies to help deliver the winning Professional entry.

Source: Building Trust International

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