Course Syllabus

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The studio will focus on designing a small scale rapidly deployable epidemiology clinic. The work will at first look closely at the technical demands on such a work; we will then test it in several locations and work closely with the Richard Plunz / Victor - Body Lawson studio and their work on Beirut and need around Covid-19. 

The studio will follow a series of prompts and investigations using what might be a called a parallel path design process - you are asked to work in several contexts without an overt call to convergence until one has a grip of the scope of the work. The syllabus represents this structure. Working closely with each designer we will find a balance and bring new student centered content to this - the process is flexible but we hope to work in multiple veins and keep work open and flexible in what it might address and incorporate. 


Syllabus (Introductory)


lower resolution syllabus


Schedule and Studio Phases 



World Health Organization Mobile Clinics


Excerpts from Studio Readings



Some Kinds of Duration.pdf


Shape Evading Shapes

A Rapidly Deployable Epidemiology Clinic

In an article published on July 22, 2020 in the New England Journal of Medicine, the authors pointed to two-sided problem in COVID-19 testing. The first was scaling a rapid testing procedure, the second was reaching underserved populations that were bearing the largest share of infections and had disproportionately less access to testing. While both of these issues is often spoken of in the media they also instantly bring to mind recent and long-term concerns in architecture that are increasingly seen as requiring a hybridization of urban and architectural expertise to address. The studio will seek to work in both of these sectors; a quality that is endemic to architecture and also an increasing tendency to see architecture a s form of micro-infrastructure. A component that actuates wider social and urban aspects of daily life.

Program: The Clinic

The clinic is a specific program with exacting needs; one of those needs is to both address the COVID-19 virus; another is to remain safe and resist becoming a transmitter of the virus. It must embrace those in need of testing and defend against its own user - its own subject. It must also host several subjects; clinical actors / front line workers trained in medicine and patients and the general public if need be for broad testing. These are degrees of epidemiological need; degrees of expertise and observance vs. a person in need. Age ranges will matter as well as various forms of privacy and human rights.

Working with the Richard Plunz / Victor Body Lawson studio our programming will come from consultations with the World Health Organization. The Plunz / Lawson studio will take the lead on siting and urban design. Our studio will take the lead initially on the design and engineering aspects of the clinic – its parts, materials, components and performance concerns. We will trade information at the fourth week allowing each studio access to findings and insights.

Prior studios in the Everything Must Scale series explored the future of fuel/truck stops in an era of electric / autonomous vehicles; the future of schools in an era of remote and micro/teacher-less schools. In both cases these building types emerged covalent to program – we explored buildings that were in effect nonexistent without their programs.

Fuel stations and schools in the United each number as many as 150,000 installations. They emerged over a century in conjunction with the machines; with a mechanistic organization of social life.  The clinic is similar but depending on how we count their instance there are far fewer. Currently the United States counts 6146 hospitals. These amount to 924,107 staffed beds.

Our work on a small scale, rapidly deployable clinic is intended as a testing site and initial treatment site. A smaller scale gateway to a larger facility if needed. It thus has a time component to its programing and serves as a transitory space for sites where major hospitals are either overly full or not easily accessible. The work will require analysis to site but ideally the structure are dismountable – moveable.





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