Future Health System Studio Update

By Heather Sun | Oct 17, 2014

This semester, Professor Nathan King and Olga Mesa are co-teaching an advanced studio, Future Health Systems. This course is supported by Boston-based MASS Design Group.


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Studio Description:
This studio will explore the relationship between technology and emergent healthcare typologies with a particular focus on underserved communities and resource limited settings. The link between design, health, and technology will be explored at multiple scales and modes of operation leading to an expanded compendium of health technologies, space, and related systems. The course aims to project the potential implications of the convergence of emerging health systems and technologies, culture, and health outcomes. This approach will position the designer within the context of global health to re-define distributed healthcare typologies. Working in collaboration with MASS Design Group we will investigate a range of typologies within Liberia, Haiti, and the United States including: mobile health clinics, pop-up and deployable clinics, remote medical facilities, and community-based health centers.

The studio will be organized into three conceptual stages that are intended to drive a semester long process-based design exploration addressing the context described above. Written prompts will be provided at the beginning of each stage: Immersion, Intervention, and Evaluation. While distributed sequentially these three stages of inquiry are intended to become cyclical and feedback loops will be established between desired outcome and the design intervention. Please refer to section assignments for additional details.

See more info: http://cargocollective.com/futurehealth/filter/population

Spring 2017 Events

  • February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
  • March 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum
  • February 27, 6:30 PM Jeanette Kuo, Karamuk*Kuo
  • March 13, 6:30 PM Allan Wexler, Allan Wexler Studio, Hosted with ID
  • March 16, 6:30 PM Jarrett Walker, Jarrett Walker + Associates
  • April 3, 6:30 PM Kunle Adeyemi, NLÉ, Yoder Lecture
  • April 24, 6:30 PM Nader & Katie Faulkner, NADAAA, Shoemaker Lecture
  • May 11, 6:30 PM Shumi Bose, Central Saint Martins & Architectural Association

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