When the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Taiwanese architect and engineer Arthur Huang wanted to do something to help. As the construction industry across the world ground to a halt, putting many of his projects on hold, Huang turned his attention to solving the urgent need for medical supplies and hospital space. Based in Taiwan's capital, Taipei, Huang is the co-founder and CEO of Miniwiz, a company that takes different types of waste and transforms it into more than 1,200 materials that can be used for construction, interiors and consumer products. With the pandemic affecting shipments of conventional materials, Huang found an alternative that's never in short supply. "We have been building medical parts, medical components and a medical modular ward system all out of local trash," he says. The result is the Modular Adaptable Convertible ward, the world's first hospital ward built out of recycled materials.

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