Curative Freedom Park: the role of a clinic in today’s society

Matobako, Mamello
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Clinics are often not designed to give an optimal end-user experience as people tend to wait in long queues or simply have a hard time finding their way around the clinic. How can the design of a clinic be approached in a manner that provides a better service and end-user experience? This report looks at designing a new building typology for a clinic in today’s society. The site is situated in Freedom Park (Devland), Soweto in the south of Johannesburg and a larger clinic facility is required in the area due to the rapid development and population growth that has taken place over time. The aim is to design a new primary health care clinic in Freedom Park and to illustrate an improved end-user experience based on the research findings. This report challenges the existing building typology of a clinic by looking at the issues that exist in current clinics and exploring a synergy with a women and children safe house. The research is gathered through literature consulted, relevant case studies, secondary data and informal conversations with professionals
A research report submitted to the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of the Witwatersrand, in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Masters of Architecture (Professional), 2021