Call for 2023 Epidemic Urbanism Initiative Design Competition Submissions
Design interventions into pre-existing sites play a critical role in global healthcare. The 2023 Epidemic Urbanism Initiative Design Competition will focus on adaptive reuse, inviting submissions that consider how pre-existing vacant, underused, or currently used sites, structures, and spaces can be transformed into healthcare settings with thoughtful, sustainable design interventions. Many communities rely on the adaptive reuse of spaces designated or constructed for other purposes to fulfill community healthcare needs, whether it is a former school repurposed as a vaccination clinic in western Canada, a house converted into a women’s health center in Kenya, or a field transformed into a temporary hospital comprised of tents and outbuildings in Bolivia. Global health crises, including the recent COVID-19 pandemic, create an urgent need to transform existing buildings and sites for both ongoing community care and emergency treatment. This adaptive reuse is the theme of the 2023 EUI Design Competition.
Submissions should be centerd on developing holistic design responses to community health inclusive of physical, mental, social, and spiritual aspects, offer equity and accessibility, and pay attention to how locally sourced and sustainable materials can be used to adapt pre-existing sites into healthcare facilities.
- COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER: Using an existing site or building, design a permanent, sustainable space that addresses current community health issues in the manner of a community health center, a clinic, a center for women’s health, etc.
- EMERGENCY TREATMENT CENTER: Using an existing site or building, design a space that considers a future epidemic and the accompanying need for emergency treatment and isolation spaces.
Deadline for inquiries: 30 April 2023. More information can be found here.