EmUrgent
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WHAT

EmUrgent is a buoyant health clinic proposed in light of Chiapas' poverty and susceptibility to natural disasters - the most severe in Mexico. It provides emergency health services, aid in healing and preventing air- and water-spread diseases, beds, water purifiers, nappies, formula, first aid kits to cure wounds and prevent infections and, importantly, delivers psychological support.

 

It may be easily built by locals, making use of their existing skills and resources, further aiding to expand their economy. Additionally, it produces and stores hydro and solar power. Thus, not only is it sustainable, but also resistant to power cuts caused by natural disasters.

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WHY

Chiapas is Mexico’s poorest state, and one of the most prone to hurricanes and earthquakes. By creating a buoyant ambulatory disaster clinic specifically for this site, we hope to lessen the impact of natural disasters on its people.

 

Most houses in the area are made of “adobe” (mud bricks), stones, and sheet metal roofs, rendering them fragile and, often completely uninhabitable after a disaster strikes due to flooding. Thus, we proposed a structure that may be still replicated by the local people, utilising their own skills and resources, in the hope of avoiding dependency on third parties, and of possibly expanding their economy by creating more job opportunities.

 

Chiapas is the largest producer of crude oil in the country and there is an abundance in pine wood, copper, iron, aluminum, amber, gas and uranium. In terms of skills, although there is a wide range of them in the region, there is excess labor dedicated to agricultural activities, which is one of the main reasons for why the area suffers from little to growth. Therefore, the development of EmUrgent would provide new employment opportunities for locals who already possess the required skills for the job.

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HOW

We spent two months thoroughly researching the area's weather patterns, natural resources, people's culture of solidarity, their skills, viable renewable energy techniques, and the health and sanitation needs from the country's 2017 earthquake. We then spent another two months developing the design, conceptualising its modularity, and researching and ideating adequate engineering methods to uphold the site's features, its climate and its disasters.

DETAILS

Collaboration:

Maria Magnani at Parsons School of Design

Model materials:

Chipboard, wire, aluminium mesh, plexiglass, sand, latex, bubble wrap.

Intended materials:

Pine wood, copper, iron, aluminium.