Disaster Relief Mobile Hospital Designed by HDR is “Breaking Through” Finalist
An elite jury of industry professionals recently selected a conceptual design developed by an Australian-based HDR team to be one of two finalists in Healthcare Design Magazine’s ‘Breaking Through’ competition. A final showdown to determine the winner is scheduled to take place this coming November at the Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
In its first year, the ‘Breaking Through’ competition challenged healthcare designers around the world to “forget the usual rules and restrictions of healthcare design” in order to anticipate and create the future of healthcare delivery.
The HDR team’s forward-thinking proposal envisages a Mobile Acute Services Hospital (MASH) that can be deployed in response to different catastrophic events, whether natural or manmade. MASH provides a broad range of demanding performance parameters, including air travel, required to make an impact on the survival and recovery of the people affected by such inevitable events.
The multinational team of four architects — hailing from Argentina to France, and Jordan back to Australia — brought a wealth of perspectives to the table, all geared towards a common objective. Romina Triboli Pisi, Margot Cougul, Mira Ebaf and Ben Belson make up this creative quartet, which was supported by advisors Alan Boswell, Alessandro Filippi and Ronald Hicks.
The team’s goal was to devise an efficient and highly mobile system that has the ability to grow and assemble in the different ways required to respond as flexibly as possible to different catastrophes in a variety of settings. The team also designed the system keeping in mind the importance of offering a protected and safe environment for operators and volunteers. “Almost the only certainty about a catastrophe is that it will happen, even if we may not know its nature or extent; no country or community will be exempt,” said Triboli Pisi. “As architects, we should help in the relief process by providing well-designed and efficient solutions, embracing future technologies to improve humanitarian assistance.”
HDR Principal and National Director of Health in Australia Ronald Hicks commended the team on this achievement. “It is important for us as a leadership team at HDR to provide our upcoming talents with opportunities to tap into their creative prowess,” said Hicks. “I am proud of all the members of this team and hope such recognition inspires them to further explore innovative concepts and groundbreaking ideas.”
The minds behind MASH isolated a critical issue that humanity has and will always face, and managed to find a solution. “Whether it’s an earthquake, flood or hurricane, we as humans have always found ourselves helpless in the face of such powerful forces,” said Ebaf. “MASH — the flying hospital — not only adapts to people’s needs, but also changes in its environment. Its purpose is simple: to save lives.”
About HDR in Australia
With offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, HDR provides a wide range of services across the health, defence, commercial, transport, and resources sectors throughout Australia. Our more than 200 employees are passionate about using their unique skills and knowledge — along with HDR’s global expertise — to create lasting benefits for clients and communities.
For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans nearly 10,000 employees, in more than 200 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.