4 Things Afghanistan Can Teach Us About Healthcare

Prototype outside of Kabul, Afghanistan / International Organization for Migration, USAID, and . Rendering by .

A few months ago, Deborah Sheehan, a Principal and Healthcare Leader at Cannon Design, was given the task of designing a prototype healthcare facility in Afghanistan, a country averaging about one hospital bed for every 2,400 people.

The challenges that Sheehan and her colleagues faced were considerable: limited construction materials, few skilled tradesmen, political corruption, tribal rivalries. But the resultant design solutions were smart, low-cost, and high-quality – they had to be, after all.

To a certain extent, Sheehan was expecting her team to come up with an innovative design; what she didn’t consider, however, was how applicable the design strategies would be to our own troubled system. In her article for HealthCare Design, Beautiful, Broken, and Broke,” Sheehan outlines the 4 things the Afghanistan healthcare system does well, frankly better than the American,  and what we could gain by applying them here…

Read after the break to find out the 4 design strategies employed in Afghanistan that could help our Healthcare System…

Casal Ses Veles / Duch-Pizá Arquitectos

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Architects: Duch-Pizá Arquitectos
Location: ,
Technical Architects: Crhistoff Brhanna y Antoni Arqué
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Jaime Sicilia

House W / 01Arq

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Architects: 01Arq
Location: Huentelauquen,
Architects: C.Winckler, P.Saric, F.Fritz
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 130 sqm
Photographs: Aryeh Kornfeld, Mauricio Fuertes

Courtesy of Siberian Center for the Promotion of Architecture
Courtesy of Siberian Center for the Promotion of Architecture

Symbolic Object Dedicated to Russian Avant-Garde Competition

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Tokyo-Berlin_Berlin-Tokyo / Toyo Ito, Florian Busch and Christoph Cellarius

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Architects: Toyo Ito, Florian Busch and Christoph Cellarius
Location: Berlin,
Project Year: 2006
Photographs: Christian Gahl,

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© Marcin Ratajczak

Voivodeship Police Headquarters / mode:lina Architekci + Pracownia Architektoniczna Poznań Projekt

 
Pracownia Architektoniczna Poznań Projekt, in collaboration with mode:lina Architekci…, shared with us their design for the main entrance to the Voivodeship Police Headquarters in Poznań, Poland. The building, which is part of a historic urban structure, aims

OCO – Ocean & Coastline Observatory wins [UN] RESTRICTED ACCESS 2011

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As previously announced, the Portuguese architects behind “OCO – Ocean & Coastline Observatory” have won Habitat for Humanity’s Open Architecture Challenge: [UN] RESTRICTED ACCESS 2011. Over 500 teams from 74 countries submitted innovative solutions for the recovery and reuse of disabled and abandoned military sites. These submissions were filtered down to 13 finalists by a jury of 33 esteemed professionals. The Lisbon-based architects of OCO claimed grand prized with their vision to redevelop a desolate military site, that once defended the coast of in , into a civic space that promotes coastal preservation.

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Architects: Art&Build Architects
Location: ,
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 13,000 sqm
Photographs: Vincent Boutin

National Library of Israel Competition Entry / ODA

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The proposal for the National Library of by ODA takes on special significance as a site where past, present, and future converge. Unlike traditional libraries, often closed fortresses of knowledge, the new library is organized around a variety of platforms of activity that enhance interaction between the users, enabling the library to become a forum for cross-disciplinary conversations. Through the form of a floating monolith that visually connects to the foundations of Parliament, the library underscores the idea that education and learning are the bedrock of democracy. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hornsey Road / Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects

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Architects: Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects
Location: Hornsey Road, , UK
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Tim Crocker

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Courtesy of MLAUS

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“Untold Stories from an Eclectic, Exceptional Practice” Presentation by David Rockwell

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Table Hat / Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects

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Architects: Hiroyuki Shinozaki Architects
Location: Kanagawa,
Structure Engineer: Tatsumi Terado Structural Studio
Producer: Uemura Design Studio
Lighting Designer: Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design
Contractor: Sensyu Ltd
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Kai Nakamura

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Courtesy of OpeningDesign

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Architects: Florian Busch Architects
Location: , Japan
Design Team: Florian Busch, Sachiko Miyazaki, Momoyo Yamawaki
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hiroyasu Sakaguchi, Courtesy of Florian Busch Architects

“Everything I Know”: 42 Hours of Buckminster Fuller

In January of 1975, Buckminster Fuller sat down to deliver twelve lectures that made up the 42-hour series Everything I Know. The entire event was captured on video, with the most advanced, bluescreen technology of the time. Fuller discusses an array of topics, from “architecture, design, philosophy, education, mathematics, geometry, cartography, economics, history, structure, industry, housing and engineering”, to all his major inventions and discoveries, along with “his own personal history in the context of the history of science and industrialization”.

The embedded video above is recompiled and edited version of the series. You may download the entire 42-hours (for free!) from the Internet Archive. The archive has also made transcripts of Everything I Know - “minimally edited and maximally Fuller” – freely available.

Continue after the break for links to the remaining lectures.