AKAA & Italy’s Reggio Emilia – Expo Milano 2015 sponsor International Symposium “Quality Design for Health Care Facilities in Emerging Countries: Case Studies in Africa

Research & Perspective by A. Maherali for Ismailimail

An international symposium was held in Reggio Emilia, Italy on October 23 – 24 2015 focusing on good architecture in difficult places, focusing on an example of best practice: Salam Heart Surgery Centre, operated by the NGO Emergency, designed by TAMassociati and built in Khartoum, Sudan, winner of the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

AKAA International Symposium, Reggio Emilia, Italy - Quality Design for Health Care Facilities in Emerging Countries. Case Studies in Africa - features AKAA 2013 laureate Salam Heart Surgery Centre in Sobo (Khartoum, Sudan) (Image credit: TAM Associates)
AKAA International Symposium, Reggio Emilia, Italy – Quality Design for Health Care Facilities in Emerging Countries. Case Studies in Africa – features AKAA 2013 laureate Salam Heart Surgery Centre in Sobo (Khartoum, Sudan) (Image credit: TAM Associates)

The quality of health in the emerging countries, particularly in Africa, is at the center of the international symposium<“Quality Design for Health Care Facilities in Emerging Countries. Case Studies in Africa.”

The international symposium, sponsored by Expo Milano 2015, was opened at Sala del Tricolore by the actions of the mayor of Reggio Emilia Luca Vecchi, the Councillor for Town International Serena Foracchia, the Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA Farrokh Derakhshani, and the curator of the symposium Luca Molinari.

The symposium was organized by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’ s (AKTC) AKAA in collaboration with the Municipality of Reggio Emilia with the support of Fondazione E*35, EMERGENCY, TAMassociati and the Order of Architects of the Province of Reggio Emilia to deliberate on architectural projects for treatment, education and hospitality in Africa.

Despite the difficulties involved in working in areas often marred by conflict and poverty, these projects are examples of best practice: quality architecture which demonstrates respect for its surroundings and users, and above all promotes human rights, restoring the discipline’s important role in society.

The starting point for the seminar is Emergency’s Salam Heart Surgery Centre designed by TAMassociati and built in Khartoum, Sudan, winner of the 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

“The concept behind the Aga Khan Award for Architecture is to reward those architects who, thorough their work realize something ‘goes beyond architecture’, that which does not just build a nice building but they must try to understand the effect that their work can have on people and their quality of life.

As a Foundation we take care not only of architecture and museums, but also education, health, culture: elements that create a community of interest with the city of Reggio Emilia, famous for the effort they put in the development of these areas. ”

Farrokh Derakhshani, Director, Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) 


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The international symposium also had a strong presence from the AKDN as featured by the speakers (Farrokh Derakhshani, Hanif Kara, Zeenat Sulaiman)

 

Event Programme:

23 October 2015  Sala del Tricolore – Piazza Camillo Prampolini 1, 42121 Reggio Emilia

15.30: Welcoming speeches and symposium introduction by organizers

  • Farrokh Derakhshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architrecture
  • Luca Vecchi, Mayor of Reggio Emilia Municipality
  • Luca Molinari, Curator and Professor of Contemporary Architecture at Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli and Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning in Rome
  • Serena Foracchia, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Reggio Emilia in charge of International Relations and Intercultural dialogues

16.00 – 17.30: First Session – Building rights

  • Gino Strada, EMERGENCY founder
  • Pietro Parrino, EMERGENCY Humanitarian Office and Project Management
  • Raul Pantaleo, TAMassociati
  • Gabriele Risica, EMERGENCY Cardiologist
  • Ahmed Bilal, Sudan Minister of Culture and Information

17.30 – 17.50: Roberto Colaminé, Director of Cooperation Dpt. – Subsaharian Africa, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

24 October 2015– Auditorium Loris Malaguzzi, Viale Ramazzini 72/A – 42121 Reggio Emilia

9.30: Opening

  • Farrokh Derakhshani, Director of the Aga Khan Award for Architrecture
  • Luca Molinari, Curator and Professor of Contemporary Architecture at Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli and Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning in Rome

10.00 – 11.15: Second Session – Training the future: children first

  • Carla Rinaldi, Reggio Children Director
  • Fabio Manenti, CUAMM Doctors with Africa Project Management
  • James Mitchell, Orkidstudio

11.15 – 11.45: A dialogue with Fabrizio Carola

11.45 A.M. – 13.00: Third Session – Much more than a building

  • Giorgio Mazzi, Director of Arcispedale S. Maria Nuova, Reggio Emilia
  • Michael Murphy, MASS Design
  • Hanif Kara, Professor Harvard GSD, Design Director and Co-Founder, AKTII, London (Professor Kara was on the Master Jury for the 2004 cycle of the AKAA, and also served as a project reviewer in 2007, 2010 and 2013. He is currently members of the 13th Cycle of AKAA Steering Committee)

13.00 – 14.00: Lunch break

14.00 – 15.40: Fourth Session – Challenges of future Africa

  • Zeenat Sulaiman, Aga Khan Health Service
  • Mark Careaga, Payette Associates
  • Anselmo Cani, Archi&Focus Associados founder and researcher in the Faculty of Architecture and Physical Planning of the University Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambico

15.45 – 16.55: Fifth Session – Africa Open Lab

  • Mahamoud Mamdani, Director of the Makerere Institute of Social Research Uganda Professor of Anthropology Political Science and African Studies at Columbia University
  • Tomà Berlanda, Director and Professor at the School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and founder of Active Social Architecture
  • Jackson Amone, Asst. Commissioner, Curative Services Dpt. Of Clinical Services, Uganda Ministry of Health
  • Africa World Health Organization / Africa Union Commission

16.55 – 17.05: Final Greetings

17.05 – 17.25: Abridged version of the docu-film by Kief Davidson, Open Heart

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