How can existing and emerging metropolitan medical deserts be addressed? What are the expectations of urban healthcare professionals? Where should new forms of healthcare delivery facilities be set up and what architectural approaches should they follow? The “No Vacancies for Urban Medecine” study explores a new kind of healthcare program that could become a key feature of the Resilient City.
MAY 2022 : Conference on the occasion of the publication launch
with the architects Emmanuel de France and Arnaud Dambrine from the Oglo agency
How can existing and emerging metropolitan medical deserts be addressed? What are the expectations of urban healthcare professionals? Where should new forms of healthcare delivery facilities be set up and what architectural approaches should they follow?
While the northeast corner of Paris and most municipalities in the inner suburbs are medically underserved, the central and western areas of the metropolis are now also losing medical practitioners. This reflects the conditions healthcare professionals encounter when establishing themselves there, as individual practices that are often housed in domestic architectural forms are not successfully being passed on to successors. Neither the places that hosted the medical practices of the past nor the all-too-infrequent healthcare programs in new builds seem to address the accessibility and functionality required for such premises. They also do not meet the expectations for collaboration and the financial capacities for the latest generation of healthcare professionals.
The “No Vacancies for Urban Medecine” study, which was carried out by architects from Oglo, aims to demonstrate the potential of other possible locations. Supplemented by practitioner testimonials, international outlooks, and a historical perspective, it makes the case for rebuilding a primary care network based on projects involving tailored architectures. The envisioned locations are defined in the interval between private practice medicine and hospital operations practices. The variety of denominations—medical offices, group practices, health centers, multidisciplinary residential facilities, etc.—reveals that the program isn’t quite set in stone yet, but holds exciting potential within forms that requires further exploration.
The very challenge of this study is to define this novel, hybrid, and mixed model. A new kind of healthcare program that is designed to address both everyday needs and times of health crises could then become a key feature of the Resilient City.
Oglo, Emmanuel de France, Arnaud Dambrine, architects
Oglo is an architecture firm founded by Arnaud Dambrine and Emmanuel de France in 2011. They view the sensitive search for form, the poetic and symbolic dimensions of space, as well as materiality as being foundational to the creative process.
Initiated in 2017 by Pavillon de l’Arsenal along with the City of Paris and with the support of the Caisse des Dépôts, MINI and, since this year, EDF, the FAIRE platform invites multidisciplinary teams, architects, urban planners, landscapers, engineers, and designers, to propose innovative research and experimentation projects to address key urban challenges. Since its creation, FAIRE has already supported more than thirty teams alongside its partners, launched the publication of twelve research projects, developed eighteen in-situ experiments as well as a new type of property development. More than a hundred practitioners have joined forces with the winners of the various editions to support their experimental approaches.