It is without a doubt that we wake up to something new and shocking every day in 2020. Our project deals with the current pandemic that is taking the world by storm: the COVID-19 coronavirus. Through visual representation, we are hoping to inform our viewers about how individuals in China dealt with the virus.
The virus opens up issues about domesticity in isolation, how does one deal with the virus? Or how does one deal with the virus if their loved ones are infected? How does one deal with the spaces of quarantine? The spatial element of this crisis is our primary interest and focus, our project takes place in China during the first month of the virus outbreak. Starting with 4 domestic typologies, our project begins by analyzing a millennial individual’s home, typically a studio or 1 bedroom apartment. Secondly, a couple's dwelling, age variant. A single-family dwelling, and lastly, a two-generation family dwelling.
Our project records the necessary measurements of each scenario needed for the proper accuracy of a quarantine zone and the potential spaces needed for when an individual is recovering/recovered from the virus. Our drawings graphically record the activities and equipment needed during this chaotic time, we hope through our graphic visualization on pandemic spatial expansion, casualties, policies of China and the U.S., stock market drops, and actions of community control in China, we hope to tell the story by unpacking the global process of the pandemic breakout. The actors in our story could potentially involve everyone judging by the current state of things. The project's topic also deals with the socio-economic and political problems of China and the world at large. The one month pause on returning to work has dealt a huge blow to the global economy and will continue to do so, our project hopes to at least conjure some ideas on the proper process of getting back to work with the diagrams we create.
Pandemic breakout in China vs. the U.S.
Living environment (China vs U.S.)
The next phase of our research is our main focus and will be further developed: they are Spatial analysis of quarantine zones and how China vs. the U.S. deal with social separation differently.
The living environment for the two countries are quite different, with China having 4 stages of protective action from domestic to public spaces, it goes as followed: home - gated community - city - province, whereas the US, it depends on which state you are living in. Self-isolation life seems to be similar.
We try our best to stay at home and decrease the frequency to go out get groceries. In the US, some states right now require people to wear masks in public spaces. Chinese started the protocol from January 2020 and has more strict body temperature measurements at public entrances.
The differences are in how communities monitor the virus outbreaks: China utilizes members of community committees and volunteers to check upon their neighbors and uses drones to do public sanitization, whilst the US uses drive-through test centers and has sanitations at a more public scale. There are definitely Social distancing practices in both countries. People are trying different non-physical contact methods in a creative way.