West African Health Foundation Specialty Hospital
The Urban Design Lab (UDL) released the West African Health Foundation Specialty Hospital design report as part of a collaboration that began in February 2013 when a group of Urban Design graduate faculty and students, personnel from the Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI) and officials from the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) visited the West African Health Foundation (WHAF) hospital site in Juaben, Ghana.
In collaboration with the UDL team, the WAHF participated with the studio as an information source, a critical eye, and ultimately as a client. Tasked by the Foundation to design a hospital for a rural site in Juaben, 30 minutes outside of Kumasi, the UDL developed a holistic proposal positioning health as a mayor driver of change in the region.
This project proposes a comprehensive system addressing various elements of holistic health, such as the healthcare system, traditional herbal medicines, aspects of, ecotherapy and the allopathic pharmaceutical industry, as well as waste management. The UDL proposes a strategy that synthesizes these elements in order to have a meaningful impact on the overall health of the city of Kumasi.
This report was made possible by the generous support of the West African Health Foundation.
Editors and Designers: Richard Plunz, Scott Archer, Victor Body-Lawson, Samarth Das, Vanessa Espaillat, Sagi Golan, Geeta Mehta