Global Clinic - A disappointing use of new technology to solve a global healthcare issue

Over the weekend I visit the Wellcome Collection Gallery to see the Global Clinic exhibition.

The exhibition explores the link between architecture and health.

Doctors working in remote locations across the world typically deliver healthcare from temporary structures such as tents as they are robust and portable.

Doctors of the World an independent charity were frustrated with the available options and collaborated with architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and engineers BuroHappold and ChapmanBDSP to produce an alternative solution.

Global Clinic, a flat pack modular structure is the solution they developed.

While I do appreciate the exploration and application of new technologies and materials for healthcare challenges, I did have several concerns about the solution.

The modular structure uses plywood pieces cut by a CNC machine which cannot be easily cleaned or sterilised.

Another concern was the structures don’t look particularly easily to assemble with several pieces needing to be connected to form the frame.

While the structure does look very cool, my concerns ultimately left me feeling quite disappointed with the solution developed by the team.

David Robinson