URBAN_LIFE
SUMMER SEMESTER 2020
The semester topic focused on the future of urban infrastructure, particularly centred around architecture related to the health and wellbeing.


MEDICALLY INDUCED APOTHEOSIS
The design explores the extent to which architecture can play a role in preventing illness by encouraging
habitual behaviour, while aiming for transparency through the pharmaceutical industry and open up the process of medicinal research and production to deploy more personalised medicine to a specific location.

The design revolves around the future urban pharmacy, proposing its expansion into open clinics for daily access, juxtaposed with medicine cafes designed to exude transparency and openness to the community Along with medicine farms and research lab to localise the pharmaceutical structure, instigating a more efficient, affordable and accessible pharmaceutical procedure and therefore making it more trustworthy to coincide with a new age of health.

Project by:
Jade Bailey
Emma Sanson
BLUE MINDFULNESS
Nowadays, with the general aging of population and the increase in years lived with disabilities, health and wellbeing are domains that are gaining increased attention. Situated at the border between alternative and modern medicine, the project Blue Mindfulness aims at a holistic approach towards mental health. Engaging the use of water, which has been associated with therapeutic and healing effects, an atmospheric spatiality is proposed as a component of the framework concerning well-being. Tapping into the knowledge offered by the traditional sanatorium typology, we focus on reinterpreting the defining characteristics of this category in resonance with today's demands. The new paradigm comprises architectural thought and space as a reinforcement of pragmatic healing efforts and is intended as a part of the urban mechanism, rather than a programmed add-on.


Project by:
Adriana Boeck
Patricia Tibu
NEU-LIFE_
MENTAL HEALTH DATA CENTRE
Mental Health is plaguing the world faster than any other disease and its impact is affecting the physical well being and happiness of the worlds inhabitants. Mental healths connection with physical ailments and didease. How can we change this? Neu-Life is a data centre that downloads human brain data from EEG and MRI machines and uses machine learning to give a digital diagnosis and prognosis basis and millions of peoples collected brain activity. The building aims to aid in prevention rather than reparation of mental health in humans leading to newer and happier lives.

Project by:
Kaveh Chehri
Jo Cook
Jingit Witchaya

BIOUNITS _
TEMPORARY HOSPITAL
The rise of the latest pandemic made us question the way we build medical infrastructure. This project revolves around the concept of temporality. BioUnits is a hospital, next to the Geneva Bo-tanical Garden, flexible, to extend or shrink to the patients' medical needs during pandemic times. It's composed of 3D-printed insulation units made of chitosan, a natural polymer that comes from crustaceans. Concerning their afterlife, the units can be decomposed, leaving behind a group of permanent buildings that will acquire new functions which will support the botanical garden, as an extension of it on the site.

Project by:
Alejandro Estrella
Zhiyi Zhang


MAKESHIFT GREAT AGAIN
Makeshift Great Again consists of a core hospital building and an expandable makeshift hospital. The design is a fully functional outpatient hospital which is predesign to quickly expand into a larger structure to deal with a rapid growth in patients over a short period of time. The core building is a campus of medical facilities, an open and user friendly experience for patients, visitors and staff. In a pandemic situation the hospital gradually shifts into a closed system. Circulation paths of different user groups are separated to minimize the spread of disease whilst maintaining efficiency. The prefabricated makeshift parts are imagined not to be a single solution but rather a greater global collaborative system.

Project by:
Oskar Heslyk
Monika Kalinowska
Qian Yu



HOSPITAL GULLIVER
Influenced by the classical metabolism movement we tried to develop a unique approach for designing more humane hospitals. We think that the hospital should retain architectural machinery image but the way it is now. The hospital should have friendlier and more organic look. It should be an extremely flexible structure that has consciousness and can communicate. Eventually, it has to be like a Gulliver a gentle intelligent and adventurous building for Lilliput-human users. It is a very challenging design task but with further development in engineering and Artificial Intelligence, it could become a future possibility.

Project by:
Simonas Sutkus
Ibrahim Dusmukhamedov


GENEPOOL
GENEPOOL is a medical campus which brings together specialists from quantum computing and genome editing. To help to work towards counteracting genetic diseases in the near future. The campus combines health and quantum research with training and patient housing to enable enable a new type of genome fitness.

Project by:
Viktoria Slynchuk
Simon Weishäupl

DECELL LAB AND DEPOT
Organ shortage, ethical medical experiments and vaccine development have a high potential of improving due to the advanced tissue technology development. Available living cells are used as a core component for the development of the bio-ink, which is the loading material for the extrusion bio-printer for organs. The program of the project has the interconnected circulation represented by the unified rail, which leads to a depot itself, from where the further transportation of the artificial organs is distributed globally.


Project by:
Gakku Jumaniyasova

DELIRIOUS CAMPUS
The project "Delirious Campus" is a conceptual proposal for a MedTech startup accelerator. The campus is designed to increase the efficiency of collaboration between groups of people working in related fields of science. Instead of pre-designing the whole space of the campus, the idea is to create a dynamic system, which is able to react to social and urban changes, providing an efficient solution for different scenarios. This dynamic formation is intended to become an attractor for young specialists and the starting point of a new urban environment that is fully based on a dynamic and responsive system.

Project by:
Denis Karandiuk

GLOBAL HERITAGE PRESERVATION CENTRE
The Global Heritage Preservation Center is a digital archive that stores our visual environment and showcases it to the public using virtual library and exhibition spaces.
Geospatial data will be stored as a digital fossil inside the archive silica glass tubes. The data can be experienced inside pneumatic screening spheres in a hybrid reality. The archive and media spaces will be also used from scientists and researchers for disaster management to preserve our environment.

Project by:
Leonard Kern

HEALING GARDENS
The future of well being and healing lies in the better understanding of humankind, self -consciousness and the individual healing process.
This project is a preposition where by architecture can help to understand the individual and their connection to nature and the universe, based on history and future, contextual, artificial, spectacular and phenomenal. It explores old models such as Alhambra or Forbidden city and juxtaposes these with new urban theories along with coding as a design tool, to the neighbourhood of the CERN. It attempts to blend seamlessly between architecture and landscape in doing so it provides a rich environment of courtyards, flower gardens, waterfalls and spectacular interiority for a new experience.

Project by:
Jiri Vitek