OUTREACH – Designs for a Mobile Health Clinic to Combat HIV/AIDS in Africa


chiostro chiesa di S.Matteo – ORDINE DEGLI ARCHITETTI DI GENOVA – piazza S. Matteo 18 Genova Italy

Architecture for Humanity proudly presents OUTREACH:

genoaDesign Ideas for a Mobile HIV/AIDS Health Clinic for Africa, the critically-acclaimed exhibition showcasing winning and selected entries from Architecture for Humanity’s recent international design competition.

In May 2002, Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit organization, challenged architects and designers to respond to the mounting HIV/AIDS crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa, where nearly three-quarters of the world’s AIDS population resides. Designers were asked to develop schemes for mobile medical unit to provide basic healthcare as well as HIV/AIDS testing, prevention, treatment and education to underserved populationsin the region. More than 530 teams representing 51 nations responded, and an international jury of architects and medical professionals met in New York to select four finalists and eight honorary mentions.

The competition finalists were:

  • Mads Hansen, Mikkel Bedholm and Jan Sondergaard, KHRAS , Virum, Denmark (1st Place)
  • Brendan Harnett and Michelle Myers, PRI, Troy, NY, USA (2nd Place)
  • Heide Schuster and Wilfried Hofmann, Dortmund, Germany (3rd Place)
  • Gaston Tolila and Nicholas Gilliland, Paris, France (Founders Award)

In addition to the winning schemes, more than thirty projects will be on display in the Palazzo Ducale gallery. The projects showcase a remarkable range of talent and innovation, from South Africa-base TechnikonPretoria’s clinic-in-a-suitcase, to London-based JAS Architects’ telescoping frame system, to dirigible-inspired designs from teams in San Francisco, USA and Goettingen, Germany.

Former United States President William J. Clinton has called the initiative “a remarkable project with great possibility.” The project has also garnered praise and support from a number of U.N. and U.S. ambassadors and from leading architects around the world.

“From time to time, architecture needs to take a step back. We need to reexamine not just how we build, but also what we build,” said advisory board member and Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry.

OUTREACH: Designs for a Mobile Health Clinic to Combat HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa is on display at the ORDINE DEGLI ARCHITETTI DI GENOVA from Monday to Friday from 11am-1pm and 2:30pm – 7pm, Saturday from 10:30am – 12:30 pm and 5pm – 7:30pm and on Sunday from 5pm – 7:30 pm. Special thanks to the AFH team (see right) in Genoa for curating the exhibition.

This project is supported in part by: Interior Design Magazine, the Simple Gifts Fund, the Fanwood Foundation, Virgin Atlantic and many generous individual donors.

Exhibition Schedule

Dec. 06, 2002 – Feb. 08, 2003 New York, NY – Van Alen Institute
March 18 – May 30, 2003 Los Angeles, CA – A+D Museum
June 5 – June 30 2003 San Francisco, CA – American Institute of Architects
July 16 – Aug. 31, 2003 Copenhagen, Denmark – Danish Design Center
Nov. 6 – Dec. 6, 2003 London, UK – Royal Institute of British Architects
April 26 2004 – May 3 2004 Genoa, Italy

Please note based on funding and potential conflicts this schedule is subject to change.

Competition Jury:

Kate Bourne – Executive Vice President, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, New York, USA

Dr Shaffiq Essajee – Director, AIDS Research and Family Care Clinic, Mombasa, Kenya and NYU Medical Center, NY, USA

Rick Joy – Principal, Rick Joy Architects, Arizona, USA

Dr Peter R. Lamptey M.D – President of the AIDS Institute of Family Health International and
Director of the USAID-funded Implementing AIDS Prevention and Care (IMPACT) Project.

Toshiko Mori – Professor in Practice and Chair Harvard Design School

Dr. Reuben Mutiso – Principal, Tectura International, Nairobi, Kenya

Jennifer Siegal – Principal, Office of Mobile Design, Los Angeles, USA

Advisory Board:

Kate Bourne – Executive Vice President, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, New York, USA

Frank Gehry – Gehry Partners, Los Angeles, USA

Prof. Rodney Harber – Harber and Associates, Musgrave, South Africa and Professor, School of Architecture, University of Natal, South Africa

Dr. Reuben Mutiso – Tectura International, Nairobi, Kenya

Ambassador Richard Swett – Swett Associates, NH, USA

Dr. Sunanda Ray – Executive Director, Southern African AIDS Information Dissemination Service (safAIDS), Harare, Zimbabwe

Dr. Michael Sweat, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor of International Health, Johns Hopkins University, School of Hygiene and Public Health

C. Johannes van Dam, M.D. Deputy Director and Senior Program Associate, Population Council, Washington, D.C., USA


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