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Title: SANCTUM SANCTORUM: MEDICAL & QUARANTINE IN A PANDEMIC FUTURE
Other Titles: Medical & Quarantine in a Pandemic Future
Authors: LEE KWANG ZHENG MAX
Keywords: 2020-2021
Architecture
Master's
MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE
Lim Ee Man Joseph
Design Thesis
Design Track
DT
COVID-19
Medical
Quarantine
Pandemics
Issue Date: 12-Jul-2021
Citation: LEE KWANG ZHENG MAX (2021-07-12). SANCTUM SANCTORUM: MEDICAL & QUARANTINE IN A PANDEMIC FUTURE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Quarantine is the separation and restriction of movement of people who have potentially been exposed to a contagious disease to ascertain if they become unwell, so reducing the risk of them infecting others. In situations where quarantine is deemed necessary, officials should quarantine individuals for no longer than required, provide a clear rationale for quarantine and information about protocols, and ensure sufficient supplies are provided. Appeals to altruism by reminding the public about the benefits of quarantine to wider society can be favorable. Quarantine Facilities ought to be redesigned to target a myriad of issues. Through architectural means, how can we improve the current flow of stages so that it operates more efficiently and effectively for quick response to pandemic outbreaks? Is the current state of isolation within an enclosed box emotionally and physically feasible, or humane?
Description: The year 2020 marked a historical event that saw the world scrambling to react to COVID-19, from city-wide lockdowns to countries sealing off their borders in a desperate bid to contain the spread. Local hospitals and healthcare facilities such as quarantine centers were unable to cope with a crisis that we were never equipped for. The emphasis on safe isolation of infected as well as medical staff during transportation and treatment, and the need for brutal efficiency during unforeseen times of outbreaks and capacity surges rises to the top of the priority list. The psychology of the infected parties and medical staff throughout the various stages of infection is highly crucial as well, and spatial and design implementations were explored in this thesis to create a wellness-centric environment optimal for healing and respite. The process of notifying at-risk parties and transporting individuals to hotels not equipped to meet with the psychological strain of fortnight-long quarantine periods can be streamlined by the conceiving of modularised ICU units and specialised quarantine accommodation. The obviating of transportation and escort teams saves cost and time, whilst focusing on the quality of quarantine spaces and dedicated transportation capsules. Spatial provisions and recreational landscape are provided for the PTSD afflicted medical teams during sustained peak periods of action. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) validated locations in the topmost parts of neighbourhood blocks, preventing re-entrant air from occurring and spreading any contaminated air. This observation and treatment of infected parties in the neighbourhood relieve General Hospitals from the pressure of overwhelming demand during infection spikes.
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