Off-grid clinic uses renewable energy to support health services in Chile

January 25, 2017 by  
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The quiet coastal enclave of Caleta El Sauce is as beautiful as it is remote, which means the sleepy fishing village only receives regular medical assistance every 30 days. To assist visiting doctors, SAA arquitectura + territorio designed a small health clinic for the community—a rather difficult task given the hard-to-reach location and absence of readily available potable water and electricity. Thus the building was equipped with solar panels and prefabricated offsite to reduce construction time to just seven days. The 25-square-meter Rural Health Clinic sits on a rocky ledge overlooking the ocean in Ovalle, north of Fray Jorge National Park. Elevated off the ground, the kinked prefabricated structure comprises two main volumes connected together at an angle. One half of the building houses a waiting room and medical room and is mostly opaque, save for a few small square windows, to preserve privacy. In contrast, the other half of the building is completely open on one side and functions as a terrace. A slatted black solar screen was installed on the ocean-facing facade of the building. Related: Solar-Powered Camel Clinics Carry Medicine Across the Desert “Site layout was determined in relation to achieving a connection with the sea, while also generating connectivity with existing homes, but which, given its scale, was capable of projecting itself toward the coast as just another element of the landscape,” write the architects. A support shed for the rural health clinic includes photovoltaic panels that power lighting and charging equipment, a water tank and drain, as well as a small storage space. The clinic’s simple design is conducive to easy disassembly and relocation. + SAA arquitectura + territorio Via ArchDaily Images © Sergio Araneda

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Futuristic house made of massive steel cylinders hides two houses in one

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Spanish architecture firm, Z4Z4 , has created one very unique home consisting of massive white cylindrical structures fused together to create two houses in one. Inspired by the homeowner’s love of travel and nature, the interior space connects the home to the earth through a large interior greenhouse , while the rest of the home “floats” whimsically above ground. https://vimeo.com/164173559 The home’s design was meant to represent the homeowners’ paradoxical love of both travel and domesticity, “A family was looking for a new home able to represent their trips around the globe, their desire to live in a garden and to embody the cinematic diversity of domestic life. The result is the design of two different houses on the same plot,” explained the architects. Related: Blue Sky Homes Completes Elegant Steel Prefab Home In Yucca Valley The three-story structure is built on two elongated concrete walls, and is supported by a series of interconnecting “stilts”. The main cylindrical volumes are surrounded with a sliding screen made of corrugated iron curtains that allow for optimal natural light into the minimalist interior . On the interior, the space is soothing, with little in terms of divisions apart from the double height greenhouse , which is divided by the “Good Life” garden on the south and the “Grotesque Garden” to the north. Along with nine spacious rooms, the home also includes a lounge area, pool, sauna and fitness center. + Z4Z4 Via World Architecture Photography by Imagen Subliminal

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Ford tests roadmap for smarter telemedicine

May 14, 2013 by  
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In India, advanced information technologies coupled with SUVs are rewriting the rules for sustainable rural health care.

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