Revealing the invisible: institute for disease awareness
An Institute for Disease Awareness is proposed as a branch of the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), on the grounds of the Free State Psychiatric Complex in Oranjesig, Bloemfontein. The aim of this project is to provide a central institute to contribute to and facilitate effective communication between the NICD and organisations involved to combat the spread of infectious diseases and halt epidemics. The focus of this dissertation arose from an interest in the effect and management of disease control within the South African context. The research reported in this document sets out to investigate the role that architecture can play in contributing towards managing this problem that has so ravaged both the social and economic spheres of southern Africa and across the globe, and is intended to explore whether architecture of this nature is able to transcend the boundaries enforced by the regimentation of function, to become more empathetic to sensitive social issues and paradigms that exist within the public realm. This dissertation will first identify certain problem statements, design challenges and project parameters, and will then move towards exploring and grounding these aspects as identified through research, analysis, and the review and interpretation of theoretical literature. These conceptual constructs and the information extrapolated from it will then be incorporated to create a synthesis with design and technical considerations. Lastly, this dissertation seeks to evaluate this synthesis by reflecting on and contemplating the success of the project in terms of its different components and aims.