MIT Senseable City Lab, Boston // Carlo Ratti Associati , Turin
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a threat of a shortage of intensive care places. The countries most affected by COVID-19 are struggling to increase their intensive care capacity rapidly. CURA is an open-source project aiming to improve the efficiency of the existing design solutions of field hospitals, producing a compact ICU pod that is quick-to-deploy and safe to work in for medical professionals. The unit consists of a recycled shipping container containing all the medical equipment needed to treat two COVID-19 patients. Each pod works autonomously and can be promptly shipped to any location worldwide, adapting to the needs of the local healthcare infrastructure.
We developed a parametric configurator aimed at six key cities around the world based on their vulnerability to COVID-19 and the potential demand of hospital beds. Utilising qualitative methods, we constructed a survey answered by experts such as medical professionals and hospital architects who evaluated different CURA units' layouts. The goal was to identify the most vital configurations that would facilitate the best delivery of care for patients and healthcare providers' safety during emergencies in COVID-19.
Carlo Ratti Director
Fabio Duarte Project Manager
Tom Benson Project Lead
Valeria Rivera Deneke Survey
Fabio Bazzucchi, Simone Mora, Eric Raymond DeWees, Hugh Timothy Ebdy, Ruoming Fang