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How can existing and emerging metropolitan medical deserts be addressed? What are the expectations of urban healthcare professionals? Where should new forms of healthcare delivery facilities be set up and what architectural approaches should they follow?
The “No Vacancies for Urban Medecine” study, which was carried out by architects from Oglo, aims to demonstrate the potential of other possible locations. Supplemented by practitioner testimonials, international outlooks, and a historical perspective, it makes the case for rebuilding a primary care network based on projects involving tailored architectures. The envisioned locations are defined in the interval between private practice medicine and hospital operations practices. The variety of denominations—medical offices, group practices, health centers, multidisciplinary residential facilities, etc.—reveals that the program isn’t quite set in stone yet, but holds exciting potential within forms that requires further exploration.
The very challenge of this study is to define this novel, hybrid, and mixed model. A new kind of healthcare program that is designed to address both everyday needs and times of health crises could then become a key feature of the Resilient City.