A decade-long collaboration between two Italian non-profits, humanitarian architecture studio TAMassociati and medical NGO Emergency, has been recognized with the Stone Curry 2013 Design Prize, announced November 7th. Together, they have designed, built and staffed five healthcare facilities in Africa that have treated over 700,000 patients and an additional seven clinics in Italy. The facilities are conceptualized and designed to be sustainable, modern, and culturally sensitive buildings that allow healthcare to take place in safe and dignified environments nestled in dangerous and poverty-stricken landscapes.
The video is a must-watch. Here is a quote from TAMassociati co-founder Raul Pantaleo and a few screen shots from to pique your interest.
“To build an outstanding hospital in the heart of Africa has meaning. For us it was an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on the profound sense of the word right, starting with the right to health…. But there should also be a reflection on the more ample front of rights, and particularly on the right to the environment, to what is beautiful, and to memory, as the necessary premises for a sustainable and pacific coexistence at local and global scales. With these principles in mind, we imagined the Salam Centre as a place that is hospitable, domestic, and beautiful, where the convalescent patient, almost always a victim of poverty and war, could feel what it’s like to receive treatment as a true subject of care, entitled to the fundamental rights that are too often denied on this continent.”