Friday, September 16, 2011

AFH/SFI Workshop

Sketch image credit to Architecture for Humanity - Chicago, Logo image credit to Architecture for Humanity +
 Design Corps/Structures for Inclusion 

We were excited to receive an update last week from Architecture for Humanity’s Chicago chapter regarding a design charrette we participated in supporting AMPATH at the most recent Design Corps Structures for Inclusion 10+1 Conference.  AFH sent us a copy of the booklet they sent to their contact at AMPATH which included the following information + graphics from the project proposal. AFH will keep us updated if they receive any photos back documenting implementation of any of the ideas proposed from the workshop.

The challenge of this charrette explored schematic design solutions for AMPATH’s container clinic model. We were encouraged to explore any or all of the following concepts to improve their designs: flexibility of layout, potential for prefabrication of containers offsite, modularity of systems for economic savings, portability of structures at the end of the life cycle.  AMPATH has already built 6-8 container clinics + wanted input for the next 8.  At the end of Session One, ideas were documented in a way that could be easily understood by another architect or designer. At the end of Session Two (which we were involved in) ideas were documented graphically in a way that could be easily understood by a non-architect/designer. The schedule was really tight for each session: 15 minutes for project introduction, 45 minutes of work time + 15 minutes for presentations and discussion. Through collaboration – everybody made it work!

Based on the information we were given by AFH - AMPATH (Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare) is working with Moi Teaching + Referral Hospital in Eldoret, Kenya to build + install 14 - 16 shipping container clinics in the surrounding area. The clinics will serve as auxillary buildings to existing medical facilities.  Shipping containers were chosen because they are readily available + have a faster construction process compared to traditional buildings. They are finished + clad to look substantial + professional. These semi-permanent structures are to remain in place for one to three years. At the end of that time they will be relocated (if possible) to new sites. Some past clinics have remained on site permanently. The Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare (AMPATH) is Kenya’s most comprehensive initiative to combat HIV. AMPATH is a working model of urban and rural HIV preventive and treatment services in the public sector.

Between each workshop - concepts were switched amongst groups so everyone developed + documented another’s idea in Session Two, while adhering to the Program + cost effective material requirements.  Of the two design submissions, the first design (which we worked on above) looked to break up the long waiting corridors present in the current AMPATH layout. Containers would be cut in half and placed parallel to one another, separated by the modulus of the shipping container. A thatched roof would create a semi-shaded waiting/circulation area while reducing their solar heat gain would shade the internal space.  By spacing out the clinic rooms, this layout creates more privacy for doctor/patient conversations. We suggested calling it “Health Oasis” because it supported the designs intent.

Charrette Workshop Participants:

Erica Carvahlo, Board Member, Special Programs Committee Chair - AFH
Laura Bowe, Board Member, Director - AFH
Matt Dumich
Kara Dziobek
Josef Fuentes
Meghan Gallagher
Geoff Hoffman
Jennifer Hoffman
Maya Janczykowska
Joseph Junius
Annie Lambla
Jorge Cuervo Manrique
Kaitlin McVehil
Shawn Poor
Yoko Saeki
Dan Teed
Brian Yen

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