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Converting shipping containers into ICU pods

CURA is an open-source project aimed at converting shipping containers into intensive-care units to support hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Just four weeks after its launch, the first CURA pod was installed at a temporary hospital in Turin, Italy with the sponsorship of UniCredit. The initiative was selected as the Architecture for Good Jury Winner at the 2020 Architizer + Awards. It was described by the jury as "a highly relevant endeavour due to its objective to address the pressing crisis of COVID19."

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Initiated by Carlo Ratti Associati, the international task-force brought together designers, engineers, medical professionals, and military experts. Squint/Opera joined as digital media partners to help communicate the collective mission and purpose of CURA: connecting with new collaborators and realising the first prototype.

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The system, whose name stands for Connected Units for Respiratory Ailments (and also “cure” in Latin) uses repurposed shipping containers to create plug-in biocontainment pods. These pods can be quickly deployed in cities around the world, promptly responding to the spread of the disease and shortage of ICU space in hospitals.

Photo credit: Max Tomasinelli

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