Healing Outpost

ARCH 572/575 | Fall 2019
Lecturer AnnaMarie Bliss


Access to healthcare is at the forefront of public conversations on equity, social issues, political debate, and cultural examination. Rural healthcare remains in crisis as centers of healing are closing to populations in greater need with lesser access. This semester focused on creation of a three-fold healthcare campus catering to needs of acute emergencies/urgent care, outpatient services, and in-patient rehabilitation and recovery.

The emergency/urgent care facility in conjunction with the outpatient care space requires space planning and logistics dictated by code and research. The in-patient spaces for recovery are open for student interpretation and creativity to design spaces conducive to a specific recovery goal. The site at Boyd Gap, near Ducktown, in rural Tennessee yearns for healthcare in its isolation from quality treatment options and higher cost options in neighboring states.