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Inspiring Design: Winners of Architecture for Humanity's Mobile HIV/AIDS Health Clinic Design Competition
A select group of entries from 50 countries will be part of an international traveling exhibition launching this week in New York City.
December 2, 2002
December 1st was World AIDS Day, and it seems most fitting that Architecture for Humanity (AFH) chose the day to announce the winners of its Mobile HIV/AIDS Health Clinic design competition. An international traveling exhibition of the winning designs and selected entries opens December 6 at the Van Alen Institute in New York City (information below).
It is estimated that three-quarters of the world’s AIDS population lives in Sub-Saharan Africa; most have no access to lifesaving drugs, testing facilities, or even basic preventative care. One of the major factors inhibiting medical professionals in Africa from treating this disease is the inability to access vast areas of the continent with adequately equipped facilities. In response, the non-profit AFH challenged architects, designers, and medical professionals from around the world to develop schemes for a fully equipped, mobile medical unit and HIV/AIDS treatment center that could not only be used for testing, prevention, and treatment of the disease, but also to disseminate information regarding the virus and provide basic health care services.
Money raised from the $35 submission fee (waived for entries from developing countries), donations, and additional fundraising activities will be used to build one or more prototypes of the winning concepts. Once developed, it is hoped that refined versions of these mobile designs can be built for Africa – and eventually, easily replicated in other regions around the world. "AIDS is a global epidemic which deserves a global response. Architects and designers have shown that by coming together they can make a real difference in the lives of others," says Cameron Sinclair, Executive Director of Architecture for Humanity. "If funded, these cost-effective and innovative designs could save millions of lives." (Funds for building the prototypes are still needed; for further information or – better yet – to make a donation, log onto the AFH link above.)
The call for entries was issued May 1, and by the November 1 deadline, 522 teams representing 50 nations answered the call. An international jury of architects and medical professionals met in New York City on November 22 and 23 and chose three winning designs. In addition, a Founders award and Best Student Entry were selected along with eight Honorable Mentions.
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(AFH)1st Place: Mikkel Beedholm, Mads Mandrup Hansen, Jan Søndergaard / KHRAS Architects, Denmark
(AFH)2nd Place and Best Student Entry: Brendan Harnett and Michelle Myers, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
3rd Place: Heide Schuster and Wilfried Hofmann, Dortmund, Germany
(AFH)AFH Founders Award: Gaston Tolila and Nicholas Gilliland, Paris, France
(AFH)Honorable Mention: Naeem Biviji, Nairobi, Kenya
(AFH)Honorable Mention: Sabine Bachmann, Yves Thormann, Beat Wacker / ARC Architects, with Werner Horisberger / Horisberger and Nydegger AG, Bern, Switzerland
(AFH)Honorable Mention: Juan Salgado, Bernice Pan / JAS Architects, with David Ahmad, Nina Berkowitch and medical support from Dr. Annette Schmidt, Dr. Rory Rickard, Chris Yu, London, UK
Honorable Mention: James Pfeffer, Leo Tomlin, Nadia Minian / MKAPC, and Yara Ghossein / MPH, New York City
(AFH)Honorable Mention: Takuya Onishi / Launchpad05, Tokyo
(AFH)Honorable Mention: Jeff Gard / JAG Design, San Francisco
(AFH)Honorable Mention: Technikon Pretoria Departments of Architecture and Nursing, Pretoria, South Africa
(AFH)Honorable Mention: Robert Johnson, Los Angeles
(AFH)Jurying: a difficult yet inspiring task
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