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The MONARCH System for a Mobile & Modular Hospital

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On April 2, 2010 @ 11:47 am In Architecture,Design,Design for Health | 1 Comment

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MONARCHâ„¢, which stands for MObileNOmadicARCHitecture, is a system for providing scalable medical care [1], and the modular design of the trailers allows customization for the required situation. Each trailer is customized to a different medical need, whether that be patient rooms, surgical suites, clinics, cafeterias, labs, and more. A group of trailers can be assembled into one large complex in order to offer a full-scale hospital, a teaching facility, or maybe just a few trailers for a local health clinic [2], which could be set up in a couple days.

Hord Coplan Macht and SPEVCO are jointly working on this mobile 48-bed acute care hospital and presenting the design at the upcoming Arab Health 2010 Congress in Dubai, which is why the renderings show it placed in a desert surrounded by palm trees. Although we are fully in support of accessible medical care for everyone [3] and love the modular [4] nature of this design, we are a bit skeptical based on the description we read over at ArchDaily [5]. Based on their info, the MONARCH seems a bit like propaganda for western based medicine, or maybe just a movie set complete with gift shop and craft service. We applaud the spirit of the project and hope they’ve thought through all the design challenges of a mobile medical facility, especially providing power and water. And we sincerely hope that those trailers are covered in solar panels [6].

+ Hord Coplan Macht [7]

+ SPEVCO [8]

Via ArchDaily [5]

Monarch Systems Mobile Hospital Initiative [9] from David Lopez [10] on Vimeo [11].

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URLs in this post:

[1] scalable medical care: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/04/stacked-shipping-container-medical-complex-in-sudan/

[2] local health clinic: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/30/shipping-container-health-clinics-for-developing-countires/

[3] accessible medical care for everyone: http://www.inhabitat.com/design-for-health/

[4] modular: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/05/prefab-friday-prototype-for-the-house-arc-modular-home-unveiled/

[5] ArchDaily: http://www.archdaily.com/54890/mobile-hospital-hord-coplan-macht-spevco/

[6] solar panels: http://inhabitat.com../solar-power

[7] + Hord Coplan Macht: http://www.hcm2.com/

[8] + SPEVCO: http://www.spevco.com/

[9] Monarch Systems Mobile Hospital Initiative: http://vimeo.com/10532104

[10] David Lopez: http://vimeo.com/user3481955

[11] Vimeo: http://vimeo.com

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