Sick City Rehab: London as a City of Care

Diploma 13 has been investigating how engaging with the NHS can force architecture to transcend its role as built capital and reconcile with its social mission. Students have mediated extreme scales of the NHS, from the private experience of personal health to the complexity of public funding, in order to systematically alter the way the city functions.

Alex Butter eld has choreographed a cycle of construction for Whipps Cross University Hospital that negates the scal short-termism of current political spending. The government’s policy of selling off hospital land provides Salvador with the ammunition for ‘Magic Mountain’ Rehab.

Maria is providing a transformational building for those transitioning between genders, and Marietta is reimagining the government’s new typology of community hospital as a hospital community for chronic disease. The NHS as a place for disease prevention is critically addressed by Harris through his heroic Stadium of Health.

Ada invents a new typology for retirement utilising the productive possibility of the ‘Third Age’, with a dairy business that bene ts from a ‘green and pleasant land’ for end of life preparations. Xing imagines a near-future superbug requiring an in atable eld hospital that does not allow patients to die in isolated misery.

Using Whipps Cross Alex Paritzky reestablishes the hospital as a centre of civic life. NHS Estate land sell-offs provide William with the sites for a halfway house that negotiates between the city and the institution. Pavlos’ accelerated future predicts that healthcare be dispensed at home by sensors providing real-time feedback to data-doctors.

Sebastian uses the complexity of time experienced in dementia to create a care facility that allows patients to live in an altered present tense. John conjures the water leakage of St Mary’s hospital to create a Cloud of Care.

The students mediate extreme scales, between the most private experience of personal health, to the complexity of public funding a National Health Service, ultimately aiming to use the NHS to change the relationship between public and private bodies, and to systematically alter the way the city functions. 


Lily Jencks, Jessica Reynolds, Alex Scott-Whitby.


Student Participants: 

Alex Butterworth, Salvador Folque de Mendoca, Maria Concha, Marietta Kakkoura, Harris Karakannas, Ada Keco, Xing Meng, Alex Paritzky, William Pelham, Pavlos Pieridis, Sebastian Serzysko,

John Yim.


Jury feedback and Workshops provided by: 

Daniel Bosia, Brett Steel, Barbara Cambell-Lange, Catsou Roberts, Russel Curtis, Peter Lloyd Jones, Linda Davis-Moon, Theo Sarantoglous Lalis, Megan Burke, Charles Jencks, Jessica Turnbull

Ryan Neiheiser, Manijeh Verghese, Owen Hopkins, Jos Boys, Carlos Villanueva Brandt, Samantha McLean, Merma Cridge, Tatiana Von Preussen, Tyen Masten, Miraj Ahmed, Annette Fierro, Javier Castanon, Xristina Argyros, Colin O’sullivan, Jamie Scott-Baxter, Scott Boote, Robert Mull, Osman Marfo-Gaysi.


- 19 March 2020 Talk with Lily Jencks @ Clemenger Auditorium, Melbourne for "Transformative landscapes: Designing the healthy city" - October 2019 Ruins Studio wins the ABB Leaf Award in the category "Best New Start-Up Practice Project" -June 2019 LJS Quintessentially English: What does it mean to be Native, listed as 1 of 10 unmissable events and exhibitions @ London Festival of Architecture 2019 - 22 June 2019 Talk with Lily Jencks at Cabot Square for 'Quintessential English Garden' as part of the LFA - February 2019 Lily Jencks Studio winner @ SURFACE DESIGN AWARD in the category"Housing Interior Surface" with the project Powis Cloud