Mobile health clinic to be exhibited

ChapmanBDSP’s collaboration with architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and BuroHappold Engineering on a mobile health clinic that can be transported around the world has been selected for display at a major exhibition.

A full-size version of the clinic, which was developed for Doctors of the World, will form part of Wellcome Collection’s major autumn exhibition, Living with Buildings.

Doctors of the World is a humanitarian working in 80 countries providing medical care and RSHP was chosen to create the clinic in response to the urgent need for effective, adaptable healthcare in emergency situations and remote locations.

The design of the clinic is to include a sanitised environment where minor medical treatments could be given along with possibility of patient consultations. The structure is designed to be transported to remote locations or produced locally, and easily erected and dismantled.

Shashank Jain, associate at ChapmanBDSP who worked on providing environmental solutions for the project said: ‘This is a unique opportunity to help give communities around the world an adaptable clinic that could work in different climates and conditions.’

ChapmanBDSP director Adrian James is providing the expertise on dealing with 'off-grid' projects that would make the clinic adaptable to extreme environments with different levels of infrastructure available.

Richard Rogers, founder of RSHP described the opportunity of creating and exhibiting the clinic as ‘a dream come true’.

The Wellcome Collection exhibition will explore the role of design and urban planning in human health, considering the ways in which the built environment reflects the needs of society in the past, present and future.

The ground floor gallery will house over 100 objects, examining how the structures that surround and shape us contribute to our mental and physical health, in both positive and negative ways. Curator Emily Sargent said: “The mobile clinic demonstrates the positive impact design can have on how healthcare is delivered and received across the world. It will form a striking and forward-looking addition to the wider exhibition, expanding the conversation around health and architecture.”

Living with Buildings opens at Wellcome Collection in London on October 4 and runs until spring 2019.

Concept sketch for the mobile clinic

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