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CURA — Connected Unit for Respiratory Ailments


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Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, an international task force of designers, engineers, medical professionals, and military experts have joined forces to work on CURA, an open-source project aimed at capacity building in Intensive-Care Units (ICU). The first prototype of CURA, whose name stands for Connected Units for Respiratory Ailments (and also “cure” in Latin), is currently being built in Italy, with the sponsorship of European bank UniCredit. It uses repurposed shipping containers to create plug-in biocontainment pods that can be quickly deployed in cities around the world, promptly responding to the shortage of ICU space in hospitals and the spread of the disease.

CURA pods are being conceived as a ready-to-use solution. Shipping containers can easily be moved through different modes of transport - from ship to rail to truck - and re-used in different parts of the world, adapting to the needs and capacity of the local healthcare infrastructure. CURA is developed in an open-source, non-for-profit framework and solicits suggestions and improvements.  

The first unit of CURA, sponsored by UniCredit, is built and installed at the OGR temporary hospital in Turin, Italy.

CURA-Connected Units for Respiratory Ailments

List of people and organizations who have contributed thus far to CURA (in chronological order):

CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati with Italo Rota (Design and Innovation), Humanitas Research Hospital (Medical Engineering), Policlinico di Milano (Medical Consultancy), Jacobs (Alberto Riva - Master Planning, Design, Construction and Logistics Support Services), MIT Senseable City Lab (Research), studio FM Milano (Visual Identity and Graphic Design), Squint/Opera (Digital Media), IEC Engineering (Fulvio Sabato - Safety and Certifications), Alex Neame of Team Rubicon UK (Logistics), Ivan Pavanello of Projema (MEP Engineering), Dr. Maurizio Lanfranco of Ospedale Cottolengo (Medical Consultancy), Philips (Medical Equipment Supply), Gruppo Boero (Painting products)

With the support of the World Economic Forum: COVID-19 Action Platform, and Cities, Infrastructure and Urban Services Platform.



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