Review of Kinetic Architecture in Healthcare Facilities A Thematic Study of Infectious Disease Hospital Design in Gombe State

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Melentu Giwa Momme
Abdulaziz Anakobe Isa
Bashir Usman Mohammad
Sarkile Kawuwa Abubakar
Mercy Poksireni Raymond

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The design of healthcare facilities, particularly infectious disease hospitals, plays a critical role in managing public health emergencies and ensuring effective patient care. This review explores the potential of kinetic architecture to enhance the design and functionality of infectious disease hospitals in Gombe State, Nigeria. Kinetic architecture, characterized by its dynamic and adaptive elements, offers innovative solutions for flexibility, adaptability, and infection control—key requirements for healthcare environments facing unpredictable challenges. The review examines the principles and benefits of kinetic architecture, including the ability to reconfigure spaces rapidly, control airflow dynamically, and optimize resource utilization. It highlights international case studies, such as the Al Bahar Towers in Abu Dhabi and the Emergency Operations Center in Abuja, demonstrating the practical applications and benefits of kinetic architectural systems in healthcare settings. These examples provide valuable insights for adapting kinetic architecture to the specific cultural, environmental, and economic conditions of Gombe State. Critical analysis of the literature identifies several challenges, including high implementation costs, the need for technical expertise, and ongoing maintenance requirements. Additionally, there is a notable gap in research focused specifically on the Nigerian context, underscoring the need for localized studies and pilot projects. The review suggests that future research should prioritize cost-benefit analyses, capacity building for local technical expertise, and sustainability assessments to ensure the long-term viability of kinetic architecture in tropical climates. The findings underscore the transformative potential of kinetic architecture in improving healthcare delivery, infection control, and resource optimization in Gombe State. By embracing this innovative approach, stakeholders can develop resilient and adaptable healthcare facilities that are better equipped to handle public health emergencies and enhance overall patient care. This review provides a comprehensive foundation for further exploration and implementation of kinetic architecture in infectious disease hospital design in Gombe State.

Keywords: Kinetic Architecture, Infectious Disease Hospital, Flexible Healthcare Design, Adaptable Hospital Spaces, Healthcare Infrastructure, Gombe State

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Review of Kinetic Architecture in Healthcare Facilities: A Thematic Study of Infectious Disease Hospital Design in Gombe State. (2024). African Journal of Environmental Sciences and Renewable Energy, 15(1), 145-159. https://doi.org/10.62154/baw1k771
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Melentu Giwa Momme, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria.

Department of Architecture,

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria.

Abdulaziz Anakobe Isa, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria.

Department of Architecture,

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria.

Bashir Usman Mohammad, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria.

Department of Architecture,

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria.

Sarkile Kawuwa Abubakar, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria.

Department of Architecture,

Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria.

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