8-10 yrs old
11-13 yrs old
14-18 yrs old
Based on a MIT´ SENSEABLE CITY LAB proposal, students must build a campaign hospital made from shipping containers.
May 18, 2020
CURA field hospital
World Economic Forum article
This an example of a hospital created by students. It can be used as an example for your class activity.
To help fight the virus infection Italian architects Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota have come up with a solution – Intensive Critical Unit (ICU) pods made from shipping containers.
These ICU pods are called CURA (Connected Units for Respiratory Ailments) and these will help take some load off the hospitals. Ratti’s Studio, Carlo Ratti Associati, and MIT’s Senseable City Lab are creating mobile field hospitals with these CURA Intensive Care pods that serve as a biocontainment unit for two patients at a time. “The aim is that they can be quickly deployed in cities around the world, promptly responding to the shortage of ICU space in hospitals and the spread of the disease”.
The pods can be assembled and disassembled very quickly, and because it is a shipping container, it can be moved from epicenter to epicenter by road, rail, and ship, around the world to address the need for more ICUs. The units are designed in repurposed 6.1-meter-long (approximately 8 feet x 8.5 feet) shipping containers with a ventilation system that generates negative pressure inside – this prevents the contaminated air from escaping thus reducing the risk of infecting health professionals.
The beautiful part about CURA is that it is modular – each pod could work as a stand-alone unit or multiple pods can be connected with an inflatable structure to create a bigger intensive care center. These were designed keeping in mind that they would be an expansion to existing hospitals by being set-up in their parking area but have the flexibility to be turned into a larger field hospital if needed. “CURA aims to improve the efficiency of existing solutions in the design of field hospitals, tailoring them to the current pandemic”.
Through a Project Based Learning activity, and based on a MIT´S SENSEABLE CITY LAB proposal, students must build a campaign hospital (made from shipping containers) to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Students should plan the structure and functioning of a field hospital, in accordance with the suggestions of the MIT project, seeking to create a structure that is quick to build and allows to respond to the needs of patients in a pandemic.
Students must be able to plan and build a hospital according to an MIT project.
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