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White Arkitekter designs Mother & Baby Hospital Unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo

11:00 - 11 January, 2019
White Arkitekter designs Mother & Baby Hospital Unit in the Democratic Republic of Congo , Courtesy of White Arkitekter
Courtesy of White Arkitekter

White Arkitekter has unveiled its design for a mother and baby unit for the Panzi Hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Scandinavian firm developed a new facility to be built onto the existing hospital, designed to improve the wellbeing for mothers and children. The project was highly commended at WAF 2018 in the Health-Future Project category.

The Panzi Hospital, set up following 20 years of war and devastation, has expanded its focus to treating survivors of sexual violence and serves over 400,000 people. The new unit will replace the overcrowded facilities at Panzi Hospital, which deals with up to 3500 births per year, and aims to reduce the maternal and post-natal mortality rate while providing more positive birth experiences.

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To Design for the Elderly, Don't Look to the Past

07:00 - 30 October, 2018
To Design for the Elderly, Don't Look to the Past, Dominique Coulon & associés. Image © Eugeni Pons
Dominique Coulon & associés. Image © Eugeni Pons

When the world undergoes major changes (be it social, economic, technological, or political), the world of architecture needs to adapt alongside. Changes in government policy, for example, can bring about new opportunities for design to thrive, such as the influx of high-quality social housing currently being designed throughout London. Technological advances are easier to notice, but societal changes have just as much impact upon the architecture industry and the buildings we design.

Dominique Coulon & associés. Image © Eugeni Pons The Architect / LEVS architecten. Image © Marcel van der Burg, via Matthew Usher  Senior Center of Guangxi / Atelier Alter. Image Courtesy of Atelier Alter, via Matthew Usher Pilgrim Gardens / PRP . Image © Tim Crocker, via Matthew Usher + 33

Renzo Piano Building Workshop Presents Concept Designs for Series of Hospitals in Greece

12:00 - 27 June, 2018
Renzo Piano Building Workshop Presents Concept Designs for Series of Hospitals in Greece, Preliminary architectural design for the Children's Hospital in Thessaloniki . Image © Marilena Katsini
Preliminary architectural design for the Children's Hospital in Thessaloniki . Image © Marilena Katsini

The Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) has presented their preliminary design approaches for three hospitals in Greece. Part of a €200 million ($240 million) healthcare initiative launched by the Greek government, RPBW will produce designs for a General Hospital of Kromotini, a Children’s Hospital in Thessaloniki, and the Evangelismos Hospital in Athens which will also form part of the University’s Faculty of Nursing.

The three schemes are united by a “people-centric” approach, with each project seeking to integrate into their natural environments with an emphasis on natural light. The projects will follow the design ethos of the Stavros Niarchos Foundational Cultural Center by RPBW, completed in 2016.

© Marilena Katsini Preliminary architectural design for the new General Hospital of Komotini . Image © Marilena Katsini © Marilena Katsini © Marilena Katsini + 9

Manuel Herz to Design Curvilinear Expansion of Rural Senegal Hospital

14:00 - 4 June, 2018
Manuel Herz to Design Curvilinear Expansion of Rural Senegal Hospital, Image by Play-Time © Manuel Herz Architects
Image by Play-Time © Manuel Herz Architects

Manuel Herz has been chosen to design the expansion of the Tambacounda Hospital in rural Senegal, conceived and funded by the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and American Friends of Le Korsa.

The extension is viewed as an urgent project to address overcrowding in the vital facility, with the demands of 20,000 annual patients resulting in hot, overcrowded communal spaces, and children sharing beds in wards. The Foundation described Manuel Herz as the “unanimous choice” with an approach showing “a mix of visual flair, practical understanding, and profound humanitarianism.”

Image by Play-Time © Manuel Herz Architects Image by Play-Time © Manuel Herz Architects Image by Play-Time © Manuel Herz Architects Image by Play-Time © Manuel Herz Architects + 4

Reebok Teams Up With Gensler to Turn Gas Stations Into Fitness Hubs

09:00 - 1 February, 2018
Reebok Teams Up With Gensler to Turn Gas Stations Into Fitness Hubs, Courtesy of Gensler
Courtesy of Gensler

The gas station does not usually catch one’s fancy. It is a ubiquitous building, one built primarily for function instead of for pleasure or community. We see them all the time but barely give them a second glance unless the need arises – and then, we get our fuel, and we are out of the station in minutes.  

With the smell of gasoline and the usual convenience store spread, these service stations do not exude any particular sense of wellness. Neither have their flat, perennial structures captured the imagination of architects – until now. 

Reebok and Gensler are the first to catch on to the enormous potential of the common gas station. These buildings sit on prime real-estate all over the country, from highways to local streets. In their new collaborative project, “Get Pumped,” the global architecture firm and the fitness brand are coming up with a plan to re-do the gas station as we know it.

Call for Entries: Redevel(o)p Design Competition

17:20 - 13 October, 2017
Call for Entries: Redevel(o)p Design Competition, Call for Entries: Redevel(o)p
Call for Entries: Redevel(o)p

The world is in the palm of our hand thanks to technological and digital developments of the past two decades. Fast internet, new devices and applications have made us more self-reliant and give us more instant control of our own lives. This also goes for healthcare, a field in which the development of new tools and systems has taken a rapid pace. New products and services assist medical professionals and simplify the lives of clients and patients, enabling them to live their lives more independently.

7 Projects Announced as Winners of 2017 AIA National Healthcare Design Awards

14:00 - 24 July, 2017
7 Projects Announced as Winners of 2017 AIA National Healthcare Design Awards, Harvey Pediatric Clinic; Rogers, Arkansas / Marlon Blackwell Architects. Image © Timothy Hursley
Harvey Pediatric Clinic; Rogers, Arkansas / Marlon Blackwell Architects. Image © Timothy Hursley

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has selected seven recipients of 2017 AIA National Healthcare Design Awards, given to the year’s best projects in healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. Projects were selected for displaying “conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.”

The award is given in four categories: Category A: Built, Less than $25 million in construction cost; Category B: Built, More than $25 million in construction cost; Category C: Unbuilt, Must be commissioned for compensation by a client with the authority and intention to build (No projects were selected in this category this year); and Category D: Innovations in Planning and Design Research, Built and Unbuilt.

See all the winners below.

Fifth Annual ShiftxDesign Conference 2017 at Harvard University

15:51 - 15 February, 2017
Fifth Annual ShiftxDesign Conference 2017 at Harvard University

The ShiftxDesign Conference at Harvard, this February 19th, is an annual exploration of all things design. Launched in 2012, the conference is a collaborative effort between student groups at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Business School, and Harvard College - and the only cross-school event of its kind. The event brings together creative thinkers, design luminaries, experts from a variety of backgrounds, and students to engage in and reinterpret the design process.

7 Projects Announced as Winners of AIA National Healthcare Design Awards

16:50 - 25 July, 2016
7 Projects Announced as Winners of AIA National Healthcare Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has selected seven recipients of the 2016 AIA National Healthcare Design Awards, given to the year’s best projects in healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. Projects were selected for displaying “conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.”

The award is given in four categories: Category A: Built, Less than $25 million in construction cost; Category B: Built, More than $25 million in construction cost; Category C: Unbuilt, Must be commissioned for compensation by a client with the authority and intention to build (No projects were selected in this category this year); and Category D: Innovations in Planning and Design Research, Built and Unbuilt.

Read on for the list of winners.

Call for Entries: 5th Annual IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Competition

17:12 - 11 July, 2016
Call for Entries: 5th Annual IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Competition

The 5th Annual IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Competition honors and celebrates outstanding originality and excellence in the design and furnishings of healthcare interior spaces.

This competition is open to participants worldwide. The design projects must have been completed in or after June 2014.

Open Call: Carefully Designed, Taking Care of The Mikadoterrain

10:43 - 5 July, 2016
Open Call: Carefully Designed, Taking Care of The Mikadoterrain, Poster CAREFULLY designed
Poster CAREFULLY designed

Dichterbij (a Dutch care institution that supports children and adults with intellectual disabilities) is looking for a new design for the Mikado site. Where formerly the care institution cared for about a hundred clients under intensive care, the number has now dropped to under fifty. A variety of influencing factors in the healthcare field, the relocation of residents, and the increasing age of clients, are making the building more difficult to fill.

Conference: Building the Future of Health

18:00 - 3 May, 2016
Conference: Building the Future of Health, International conference Building the Future of Health
International conference Building the Future of Health

Can the built environment help us stay healthy for longer? Yes it can! How? Find out in the city of Groningen in June 2016 during international conference Building the Future of Health. This leading conference explores the ways in which the design and quality of the built environment can contribute to our health. 

Michael Graves on Hospital Room Design

12:00 - 27 December, 2011

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