Small Hospitals, Big Ideas: Kaiser Permanente Looks to New Health Care Solutions


Small Hospitals, Big Ideas:

Kaiser Permanente Looks to New Health Care Solutions

by Larry Gordon

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Winning entry by Aditazz

Medical technology and health care economics are being revolutionized. Meanwhile, both patients and doctors want hospitals to be more beautiful and humane places. And everyone hopes health facilities will become more environmentally sustainable.

With all that in mind, the enormous health care provider system Kaiser Permanente last year launched an ambitious competition for architects to design a small 100-bed hospital of the future. While a possible site would be in the high desert California community of Lancaster, the contest was really looking for a prototype that could be adapted in many settings, rural, suburban and city. After all, Kaiser Permanente already serves 8.7 million members in nine states and the District of Columbia and is growing.

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A Human Touch in an Age of High Technology: The Nils Bohr Science Park in Copenhagen


A Human Touch in an Age of High Technology:

The Nils Bohr Science Park in Copenhagen


by Stanley Collyer

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Winning entry by Rambøll

How to express an idealistic learning environment in terms of bricks and mortar is hardly new. Frank Gehry’s Stata Center at M.I.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts is a recent example of the effort to encourage creative thinking by design at the post-graduate level. The University of Copenhagen in Denmark has taken up this idea by challenging a select group of architects to design the new Nils Bohr Science Park. They envision a ‘limitless community’ of academics and students, with lots of cross-pollination between disciplines.

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Performance Takes Top Priority: Cultural Center Guy-Gagnon in Verdun, Quebec

Performance Takes Top Priority:

Cultural Center Guy-Gagnon in Verdun, Quebec

by Stanley Collyer

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Winning entry by Les Architectes FABG

Les Architectes FABG won the competition for a new cultural venue, including a professional theater on the St. Lawrence River in the Verdun Borough of Quebec Province. The project also provides for redevelopment and expansion of Verdun's resident school for circus performance (École de cirque de Verdun).

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Re-Shape History: The Atlanta History Center Competition

Re-Shape History:

The Atlanta History Center Competition

by Stanley Collyer
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Winning entry by  Pfeiffer Partners Architects, Final Stage Submission

As part of a $27.4M capital campaign to update its building and exhibition areas, the Atlanta History Center settled on a design competition as a model to seek innovative ideas, not only for a redo of its circulation problems, but also to deal with an arrival issue—an outdated entrance and foyer.

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A Dramatic Curtain: The Taiwan Tower International Competition

A Dramatic Curtain:

The Taiwan Tower International Competition

by Stanley Collyer

 

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Winning entry by Sou Fujimoto Architects

The sponsors of the Taiwan Tower Competition have managed to come up with a departure from a generic solution to an observation tower. Instead of settling on the ubiquitous column with a sphere on top, they picked a green solution by the Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto, which simultaneously conveys the appearance of a giant theater curtain, ready to reveal the unfolding of an interesting drama. Instead of illustrating the bare bones of a support system, the structure is shrouded in mystery, and, aside from its character as a model of sustainability, it should draw crowds of curiosity seekers for decades to come.

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Bringing Life to the Center: The Aberdeen City Garden Competition

Bringing Life to the Center:

The Aberdeen City Garden Competition

by Stanley Collyer

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Winning entry by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Aberdeen, Scotland has long been the beneficiary of the oil bonanza off its coast in the North Sea. But faced with declining oil revenues from this source, the community now finds itself at a crossroads: how do you reinvent yourself while a once dependable revenue stream is slowly disappearing? Urban issues logically came to the forefront, and the discussion concentrated on Aberdeen City Gardens, an underused park smack in the middle of the city. If this relatively dormant piece of real estate could be turned into a people place for the community and beyond, it might not only help to rejuvenate the city’s urban core, but provide it with an asset having a symbolic value well beyond that of a common green space.

 

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Improving Education by Design: The 2011 Cleveland Design Competition

Improving Education by Design

The 2011 Cleveland Design Competition

by Stanley Collyer

 

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Can reducing class size and hiring more qualified teachers be the only answer to improving our educational system? Not according to the goals set forth by the organizers of the most recent 2011 Cleveland Design Competition. This open contest challenged architects to come up with new ideas, keeping pace with “the continuing advancements in pedagogy, curricula and organization models.” In other words, why shouldn’t equal attention be devoted to the “reinvention of learning environments.”

 

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Seeking New Paradigms in Landscape Architecture: The Taichung Gateway Park Competition

Seeking New Paradigms in Landscape Architecture

 

The Taichung Gateway Park Competition

 

by Dan Madryga

 

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First Place Entry by Catherine Mosbach, Philippe Rahm, and Ricky Liu and Associates

 

Taichung is a city with grand ambitions. Taiwan’s third largest metropolis has been developing an impressive inventory of architecture and planning projects that envision the city as a new hub for design innovation and inspiration. And as in Taipei and Kaohsiung, open international design competitions are an important part of this process, attracting creative talent from around the globe and prompting compelling, forward-thinking designs. Taichung first garnered the attention of the global design community with 2010’s Taiwan Tower Competition, a forum that sought an iconic design for a landmark observation tower commemorating the centennial anniversary of the founding of Taiwan. The winning project, an eye-catching, garden-topped “21st Century Oasis” designed by Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto, is sure to become a major attraction for the city.

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Museum as Sustainability Model: The Taipei City Museum of Art

Museum as Sustainability Model

The New Taipei City Museum of Art Design Competition

by Stanley Collyer

 

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First Place Entry by Peter Boronski & Jean-Loup Baldacci

 

To arrive at a design for a new art museum in Taipei, the organizers decided to allow the participants more flexibility than usual in devising their planning concepts for the new institution. According to the design brief, “the planning and design guidelines in this program are for reference only. The designer must propose…new possibilities for modern art museums, define the exhibition method, and propose new space requirement, then proceed (in) the planning and design based on the new required spaces and design guidelines.”

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Focusing on the Center: Fargo’s Urban-infill Design Competition

Focusing on the Center:

Fargo’s Urban-infill Design Competition

by Stanley Collyer

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As the largest city in the U.S. state of North Dakota, Fargo can afford to speculate about a redesign of its downtown core. Considering the state of the U.S. economy, one might question the planning of such an ambitious venture. But, in contrast to the rest of the nation, North Dakota’s economy is experiencing boom-like symptoms, supported mainly by the energy and agricultural sectors. Until recently, most outsiders regarded Fargo as a sleepy, northern, small city. Now, with a metropolitan population of 200,000 and growing, the community can think bigger and better. Choosing a design competition for a downtown plan is an interesting move in this direction, even though this was only an ideas competition, and there is no guarantee any of the ideas from this event will be used.

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