Effective quarantine facilities: Kaarwan National Design Competition 2020

Design Detail is partnering with Kaarwan’s design competition that aims to find cost-effective solutions for quarantine facilities

We are living in uncertain times and as citizens of a developing economy, we are posed with an additional challenge of using our resources sparingly to ensure minimum impact on our economy. A vaccine or a permanent solution to the situation may take years to develop. To aid the government’s effort, the Architecture fraternity must come up with cost-effective solutions for quarantine facilities that comply with social distancing norms.

The Challenge 
In this competition, we ask you to come up with visionary concepts for an isolation ward in a quarantine facility, to help subdue the effects of the outbreak on existing infrastructure. To slow down the spread of the virus, we need to carry out contact tracing and widespread testing. The lockdown issued by the government while beneficial has resulted in migration and detention of people. Hence, we need facilities with individual isolation cells to monitor suspected victims who might have been exposed to the virus.

Students must provide wards of individual isolation cells. About 5-10 cells may be grouped to form modules or kept separate according to design. Each isolation cell must not exceed 4-8 sqm and must contain a bed, table and chair.

Students must provide a circulation plan with zonings, to indicate the placement of all the areas provided below:

1. Sanitization and security area (Security checkpoints, Information zone, Visitors area, Sanitization zone)

2. Administration area (Chief Medical Officer’s cabin, Administration/clerical room, Pharmacy)

3. Technical Areas (Donning and doffing area, Examination room, Nursing station, Sample collection and testing area)

4. Staff Area (on-call rooms for doctors, nurses and support staff )

5. Patients Area (Wards containing isolation cells)

6. Additional services

The proposed design must be differently-abled friendly and should be proposed on a hypothetical site The proposed quarantine facility for 40 suspected victims should be proposed on one of the following spaces:

– Airport/ Railway/ Port terminals and parking areas

– Open ground on city outskirts

– Stadium

– Open areas near an existing medical facility

The proposed design can be a multi-purpose facility which can adapt post-COVID-19 to become the following:

– Additional treatment ward in hospitals

– Shelter for homeless or displaced persons

– Refugee Camps in Disaster Relief

Who can participate?

The competition is open for all undergraduate students of Architecture. The team must comprise of 2-4 students. Students are encouraged to form teams of at least two different years. (eg. 1st and 4th year, 2nd and 5th years etc)

Competition Schedule:

Competition Opens: 15th May 2020

Registration Closes: 25th May 2020

Submission Schedule: 05 June 2020

Competition Fees:

For Indian Nationals: 100 INR

For Foreign Nationals: 2 USD

Free for students from education partner colleges

All proceeds from the registration fee will be donated to COVID-19 Relief Fund

For more details head over to the competition website – www.kaarwan.com/ Instagram (@kaarwan.india) & Facebook (@kaarwan.india)  

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