322_Valeria Mazzilli: ORGANIstation

Valeria Mazzilli from Italy — “I am a 26 years old Italian girl and in May 2016 I graduated with Honors from Pratt Institute School of Architecture, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture. I chose Pratt because after graduating from High School in Italy I decided to study abroad in order to be exposed to a different culture and to different ways architecture can be perceived.

At Pratt I learned how to create spatial qualities through many practical and theoretical methods. In a total of five years, each semester I improved and grown as an architectural thinker and spatial designer. For each project of mine the conceptual ideas were the first and most important steps to generate a strong design, driven by extensive site and historical research.

Currently I am a Designer at Zaha Hadid Architects, since July 2017, where I am working on various exciting projects and where I want to grow as an Architect an individual.”

University: Pratt Institute School of Architecture

Professor(s): Michael Morris

Instagram Username: @valemazzilli

Name of Project: ORGANIstation

Project Description: Each year 350.000 to 500.000 people die for liver diseases. Microgravity has advanced the field of tissue engineering, including liver tissue faster growth and regeneration, the three dimensional cultivation of hepatocytes cells enhancing their aggregation. OrganiStation orbits on LEO, its design facilitates the flow of incoming patients and those who are ready to depart.

The station’s rotational orientation is determined by the sun’s location which attracts the solar panel system covering, the top region of the station. Operations are faster than on earth and take 1-2 hours per person. Every 24h, 12 people can be operated in one capsule. To compensate the number of deaths per year, 120 capsules are needed to cure 500.500 people every year.

The Station creates a dialogue with the patients, making a better understanding on the surgical process, indeed surgical capsules are arranged in circular radial aggregations spreading out from a central public interaction area. The station acts as an entity of multiple parts with specific programmatic functions, kept together by the central interaction space which acts as a brain, giving inputs and directing patients to their assigned surgical section. The bio creators are located in the inter-sectional area of the surgical aggregations and the major interaction space. They act as the heart of the station, they are connected to each surgical aggregation constantly generating and pumping new cells.

The surgery capsule’s aim is to cure, regenerate and transplant, when necessary, the liver of individuals in higher risk. After the age of 30, when organs start shrinking, each individual is eligible for a liver regeneration, which becomes a “booster vaccine” either to cure or prevent the liver deterioration, elongating human's health and life. The capsule becomes a rebirth device, subdivided in three phases: pre-surgery, intensive and post/recover.