The overall aim for this studio is to research and experiment with light- weight, flexible materials and to use your findings to design a temporary field hospital. Materials to be investigated will include both naturally occur- ring materials such as timber or silk and engineered/composite materials such as carbon fibre.
The program for the studio will be a temporary trauma centre (hospital) which can be transported internationally and set up at the site of natural or humanitarian disasters such disease epidemics. Issues which should be considered in your design include:
• Ability to be transported and deployed quickly and efficiently • Ability to function effectively as a shelter for receiving seriously ill or wounded victims, preparing them for life-saving procedures and carrying out operations under sterile and appropriate conditions • Ability to act as a symbol of goodwill from Australia toward the community in crisis • Consideration of the visual impact of the structures which will be likely to appear in global news broadcasts
You will produce both physical and digital models throughout the design process, documenting and assessing each iteration as you progress towards your final proposition. Use of parametric software such as Grasshopper will be encouraged.