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Parsons School of Design MFA Lighting Design program theses2017 (PC020404.16) ➔ Urban Sanatorium: Re-Envisioning Sanatoriums for Post-Disaster Emergency Relief


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Ashley Mathews (designer)
David Lewis (thesis advisor)
Craig Bernecker (thesis advisor)
Paul Goldberger (thesis advisor)
Glenn Shrum (thesis advisor)




In an emergency, few facilities are as critical as hospitals. But as Hurricane Sandy made painfully clear a few years ago, hospitals and other health care facilities are just as vulnerable to the ravages of a storm as any building. During Hurricane Sandy, major medical institutions in New York City — such as Bellevue Hospital Center, New York University’s Langone Medical Center and Coney Island Hospital — had to be evacuated after multiple electrical and mechanical systems failed. Most major hospitals are located in Manhattan and having a subway and road system designed around being Manhattan centric, there is a critical flaw at providing post disaster relief. There is an acute need for trauma care and providing emergency medical aid post-disaster. Additionally, the ease of accessibility to healthcare in the aftermath of a natural disaster is also critical. Addressing post disaster emergency relief in the outer boroughs and one that is located away from the predicted 100-year flood plains seems to be a potent solution to resilient healthcare infrastructure. This facility could be used to specifically address issue related to trauma and emergency services in the aftermath of a natural disaster or calamity.



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