EUI Design Competition: “Designing for Health and Equity”

EUI Design Competition: "Designing for Health and Equity"

Architectural Competition: EUI Design Competition: “Designing for Health and Equity”

A. Mission statement

The objective of this competition is to give a setting to a coordinated effort between understudies, educators, creators, scholars, planners, craftsmen, and specialists from a scope of disciplines and fields to make and talk about theoretical plan thoughts that unequivocally advance sound spots for weak networks.

B. Description

The novel Covid sickness (COVID-19) pandemic, as other scourge ailments and catastrophic events that went before it, has excessively influenced weak networks across the world including more seasoned grown-ups, racial and ethnic minorities, and low pay networks. The occurrence of COVID-19, demise rates because of the sickness, and admittance to clinical consideration were and are designed along with previous social disparities and regularly supported by imbalances in the assembled conditions in which individuals live and work.

Perceiving the job that regular fabricated conditions play as both essential spots of weakness and openness just as assets for well-being advancement and mediation, there is an earnest need to reevaluate engineering, metropolitan plan, and the constructed climate toward more basic, just, and evenhanded arrangements in the post-pandemic age.

Without a doubt, the urban communities, schools, homes, and spaces of amusement we possess will go through enormous and little changes in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and as we expect the unavoidable next pestilence or pandemic. What may these progressions resemble? Or then again, more direct, what would it be a good idea for them to resemble?

As such, how should we utilize this season of reconstructing and reevaluating to imagine, plan, and occupy assembled settings that are all the more and fair? How should we re-focus wellbeing in all plan practices and cycles?

This design competition tries to resolve these inquiries by making a scene to advance joint effort across worldwide and disciplinary organizations and by uniting understudies, scholastics, and experts from across the world to envision plan arrangements that:

  • Deliberately center health, equity, and social justice in a range of different typologies and
  • Foster resilience in anticipation of future outbreaks of epidemic illnesses and other natural disasters.

This design competition will look for entries in four classes: senior lodging, local area centers, neighborhood schools, and recreational areas. Each plan class will be investigated by three hearers comprising of workforce and experts from different nations and disciplines. Shortlisted ventures will be reported on October 1, 2021 and will be examined by the jury and visitor pundits in conclusive audit gatherings for every theme on:

  • Friday, October 8, 12-1pm US Eastern Time: Senior Housing
  • Saturday, October 9, 12-1pm US Eastern Time: Community Clinics
  • Friday, October 15, 12-1pm US Eastern Time: Neighborhood Schools
  • Saturday, October 16, 12-1pm US Eastern Time: Public Parks

C. Schedule

  • September 6: Submissions due to
  • October 1: Announcement of shortlisted submissions
  • October: Final review meetings with shortlisted groups, according to schedule in Part B above

D. Design topics and questions

Submissions should address one of the following categories:

Senior housing – aging resiliently in community 

The COVID-19 pandemic uncovered critical issues in the plan and construction of offices intended for more seasoned grown-ups (otherwise called senior lodging, lodging for maturing networks, retirement networks, and helped living offices); and the old populace was among the networks most fundamentally affected by the pandemic.

There is a pressing requirement for another worldview in senior consideration. How might we plan senior lodging that is available to grown-ups from a wide scope of foundations and pay levels? How might we plan all the more and moderate lodging for seniors that advance a sound way of life and empower intergenerational relations?

Design problem: Use the models above to produce metropolitan senior lodging thoughts locally for grown-ups more seasoned than sixty. The proposed configuration can be at any scale however should serve somewhere around 40-50 clients. The proposed planned home should uphold prosperity and lift a functioning and free life among old grown-ups while accentuating various degrees of care.

Foster a plan recommendation that spotlights on cultivating wellbeing, empowering the feeling of having a place and the feeling of prosperity: passionate security, protection and closeness, communicating individual innovativeness, and empowering various methods of articulation while keeping up with social union.

Plan sections ought to mirror the motivation behind senior lodging both in its ability to carry out these all encompassing projects of care and as an instrument for molding the living climate, while making responsiveness to every one of the partners.

Community clinics – increasing healthcare access for underserved communities 

Local area centers can assume an imperative part in supporting powerless and underserved networks, particularly during seasons of emergency. The new COVID-19 pandemic has placed into obvious help the disparities that continue in admittance to medical care.

Perceiving the worth of local area centers in supporting underserved and weak populaces, how might we work with and for networks to plan local area medical care offices that are more powerful in metropolitan areas and rustic settings? How should we guarantee such facilities are moderate, comprehensive, and inviting to customers from different foundations? How might we plan neighborhood facilities that advance local area well-being through an equivalent accentuation on illness counteraction and treatment?

Design problem: Use the measures above to plan a local area medical services office in your city, town, or town. This patient-focused local area wellbeing focus will unite a scope of clinical benefits under one rooftop to serve people, families and kids and further develop wellbeing and health results in an underserved local area.

The proposed configuration can be at any scale yet should give spaces to physical and passionate mending just as for training and local area outreach. It ought to unequivocally serve something like one underserved local area.

The plan should consider continuous medical care needs locally and what extra administrations or capacities may be vital in case of a future flare-up of scourge diseases like COVID-19. Plan passages ought to think about the facility’s public picture and perceivability inside the local area just as the association with mending and the patient experience.

Neighborhood schools – building community among diverse groups 

Essential and optional schools assume a crucial part in networks: they give fundamental admittance to instruction and in numerous networks they additionally offer a scope of administrations for the neighborhood local area, from play regions to food dissemination to wellbeing administrations. In numerous nations, the new COVID-19 pandemic disturbed this local area building capacity of schools as learning moved to far off conveyance, school grounds were shut, and up close and personal associations were essentially changed to keep up with security for understudies, educators, and local area individuals.

This absence of local area negatively affected understudies’ emotional wellness. How should we imagine post-pandemic school plans that unequivocally encourage local area building and having a place? How could school configuration advance value while establishing a solid and positive climate for understudies and staff? Which job may schools play in the more extensive networks they serve?

Design problem: Use the rules above to plan an essential or auxiliary school in your city, town, or town. The proposed configuration can be at any scale, however should consider something like two diverse gatherings of people and how each can feel a feeling of having a place in the more extensive school local area.

Proposed plans ought to likewise give freedoms to encourage intergenerational relations inside the more extensive neighborhood local area, make a feeling of local area inside the school, and additionally make solid associations with the metropolitan neighborhood around them through the arrangement of administrations, assets, or different conveniences. Plan sections should consider openings for local area building and consideration in regular occasions just as how those capacities would proceed securely during future plagues or other catastrophic events.

Public park – promoting equitable access to shared, open spaces 

The job of public spaces, particularly metropolitan parks, in advancing wellbeing has gotten reestablished consideration as of late and a long time. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, recreational areas were commended as fundamental administrations for metropolitan networks who utilized parks as destinations of diversion, active work, and local area meeting.

However how open are these parks? Who approaches these spaces, and who doesn’t? Whose requirements do these spaces serve- – and whose necessities are dismissed? Considering parks as fundamental administrations all by themselves- – and as spots that house a scope of administrations (from sporting facilities to bathrooms to rancher’s business sectors)- – how might we plan a recreational area that is inviting to and strong of a wide scope of clients? How might the recreation center plan unite networks and empower social associations, sound ways of life, and bliss among clients from a scope of ages, foundations, financial situations with, social gatherings? What administrations may these gatherings require?

Design problem: Use the models above to plan a local park in your city, town, or town to serve the nearby local area. The recreation center can be at any scale yet the accommodation should introduce a reasonable reasoning for its size and area. The recreation center may be planned in an empty parcel or may essentially supplant, repurpose, or adjust existing designs.

The proposed configuration should highlight regular components and purposely draw in and offer fundamental types of assistance to something like two unique gatherings who are at present underserved by recreational areas in your specific circumstance. Plan passages ought to consider main points of interest like availability, maintainability, general wellbeing, occasional change, advancing thoughts of local area, and the development of spot.

E. Submission Guidelines 

General criteria

  1. Context: We encourage submissions from five continents. In order to foreground local issues, needs, and contexts across the globe, each group will choose their own site context for their design proposal, as noted in Part D above.
  2. Site selection: Choose a site in your city, town, village that is vacant, or underutilized, or otherwise ideal for reimagining and propose a design for one of the four topics described above: senior housing, community clinic, neighborhood school, or public park. Your choice of typology and scale should be the result of your design statement.
  3. Scale: The scale of your proposed design is up to you and may be dictated in part by the needs of the community or communities you are designing for and/or the limitations and affordances of the site context you choose.
  4. Teams: In the spirit of this collaborative endeavor, teams should consist of at least two people, with a minimum of one student or recent graduate and one faculty member or practitioner/professional. We encourage international and interdisciplinary collaborations. Students, faculty, and professionals from medical fields, urban design and planning, landscape design, medicine, social work, public health, and art are especially encouraged to collaborate. Teams can include participants from multiple universities.

Submission format

  1. In order to foreground the context, user needs, and processes and intentionality behind proposed designs, submissions will take the form of narrative slides that include words and images to convey your ideas.
  2. Submissions should be no more than 10 slides, submitted as a PDF. Teams whose submissions are shortlisted for the design prize in each category will be invited to create a 2-minute video based on these slides for presentation at the October meetings. We welcome a range of media to create these designs. Hand drawings, collage, computer drawings, and all other media welcome, but the final version must be submitted as PDFs.
  3. All submissions must address the guiding questions below and also must include:
    1. Title of your proposal
    2. The category of your submission (e.g., public park)
    3. Team member names and affiliations
  4. Submit all materials to by September 6, 2021.

Guiding questions

All submissions must address the following questions in some way: 

  1. Each design prompt asks teams to identify a vacant or underused site in your city, town, or village. This in mind, in what geographical location (country and city, town, or village) do you plan to site your proposed design?
  2. What are the local (or broader societal) needs are you responding to? For example:
    1. Lack of access to healthcare or other resources
    2. Isolation or segregation from broader community connections
    3. Inequitable access to basic, essential services
    4. Community health issues (e.g., physical health, mental health, social health)
    1. 3. What community/ies of people are you hoping to engage and/or support through your proposed design?
  1. What are the specific needs, strengths, and/or interests of this community with respect to the broader local or societal needs expressed above?
  2. What site have you selected to redesign? Why?
  3. What ideas do you have for the redesign of the site? What designs or other interventions do you propose in support of the community needs and interests described above?
  4. How are these designs in service of user needs? How do they respond to the context of the site and the broader neighborhood, village, town, or city in which it is located?
  5. How does this design promote the following?:
    1. Health, broadly defined, including and beyond in times of crisis. Special attention should be paid to the progressive destabilization of the existing living and health conditions in the event of the COVID-19 outbreak;
    2. Equity, inclusion, and/or belonging, including a sense of community for vulnerable populations and minorities.

F. Jury members

Confirmed jurors for each category are as follows:

Community Clinics

    • Lead: Katarina Andjelkovic, Serbia
    • Jury members: Lynne Dearborn, USA; Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, USA; Ruzica Bozovic, Singapore
    • Commentator: Debajyoti Pati, USA

Senior Housing

    • Lead: Louisa Iarocci, USA
    • Jury members: Rolf Haarstad, USA; Andrea Möhn, The Netherlands; Lusi Morhayim, Israel
    • Commentator: Tom Fisher, USA

Neighborhood Schools

    • Lead: Irene Hwang, USA
    • Jury members: Melinda Silverman, South Africa; Stefanie Eberding, Germany; Claire Latane, USA

Public Parks

    • Lead: Bud Shenefelt, USA
    • Jury members: Renelle Sargent, Trinidad and Tobago; Anna Grichting, Switzerland; Johann (Hans) Sagan, Norway
    • Commentator: Naomi Sachs, USA

G. Awards and recognition

  1. Submission date: September 6.
  2. Shortlisted submissions will be announced by October 1, 2021.
  3. Awards: The winning team from each category will earn a prize of $500 USD, courtesy of the competition sponsor, CRGA Design.
  4. Recognition: All shortlisted teams will receive a certificate of honorable mention from The Epidemic Urbanism Initiative and will participate in their assigned review session on one of the following dates:
    • Friday, October 8, 12-1pm EST: Senior Housing
    • Saturday, October 9, 12-1pm EST: Community Clinics
    • Friday, October 15, 12-1pm EST: Neighborhood Schools
    • Saturday, October 16, 12-1pm EST: Public Parks

The EUI, founded by Dr. Mohammad Gharipour and Dr. Caitlin DeClercq in March 2020, consists of 1700+ members from more than 90 countries.  As part of this initiative, the founders have organized four international conferences since May 2020. Recordings of the EUI conferences and interviews are available at the EUI YouTube channel.

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