Year Studio, Auburn University, Fall 2013
In the past 10 years, Birmingham, known as “The
Magic City”, has achieved a dramatic renaissance. The city, at the behest of its leaders, design leaders and citizens,
is reshaping its downtown core beginning with the centralized Railroad Reservation Park and the Birmingham Barons Baseball
Stadium. New arteries and networks of urban growth, economic development and urban potential are inherent. Medical facilities
form a major portion of Birmingham with the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine acting as a catalyst for attracting
other medical related facilities.
The United States’ new healthcare reform legislation, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, became
law in 2010 and will have a dramatic impact on healthcare in America. Experts anticipate that the ACA will
have broad influence on the design of healthcare facilities by extending the types of preventative services offered and with
the increased scope of citizens with access to healthcare. The designed facility must operate within
these and other complex spheres of influence including the history of the city and its imbedded typologies and morphologies,
the specific history of Birmingham, the history of civil rights in the United States, the political landscape of healthcare
reform and environmental legislation.
Each student designed a project in Birmingham including a small area urban master plan
and an urban healthcare facility. Through a series of exercises,
each was able understand
how context (both physical and social) affects design decisions,
gaining an understanding of the consequences of site conditions
on building form.
Students from section received 1st place, 2nd place and
two honorable mentions in annual Alagasco competition among 53 designs submitted.
Students: Zachary Bell, Stephen Bianchi, Dawson Bowers, Michael Brudi, Richard Bryant, Alexandra Buehning, Bruce Buescher, Nico Forlenza, Adam Grigsby, Carlos Hernandez,
Sydney Huibregtse, Mary Elsa Tomlin, Kirby Tucker