CURA (c) Max Tomasinelli

The shutdown brought entire branches of industry to a standstill. The design industry was also faced with the situation of not being systemically relevant. One of the first who knew how to contribute to containing the pandemic was the architect and engineer Carlo Ratti. When the healthcare system in his native Italy was overburdened, he transformed a shipping container into an intensive care unit for COVID-19 patients. For the period after the pandemic, he developed Pura Case, a kind of mobile wardrobe that disinfects clothes with ozone.

Carlo Ratti is the founder of the architectural office of the same name and director of the Senseable Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). For the shipping container project he worked together with the Italian architect Italo Rota. The project aims to improve the efficiency of existing design solutions for field hospitals. Common solutions are tents, which have the advantage that they can be set up quickly anywhere. However, they are not suitable for an intensive care unit because they cannot be sealed off from the outside. Ratti’s container can be erected as quickly as a tent. Its decisive advantage lies in the comprehensive biosecurity seals. This makes it just as safe as a regular isolation ward.

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Author profile picture Hildegard Suntinger is a writer. She lives in Vienna as a freelance journalist and writes about all aspects of fashion production. She is interested in new trends in design, technology, and business. She is particularly excited about discovering interdisciplinary tendencies and the blurring of boundaries between different disciplines. The key element is technology, which changes all areas of life and work.