Re:habilitation

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

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

Re:habilitation

re:habilitation Harvard GSD Spring 2020 · VIS2484 Interdisciplinary Art and Design Practices Instructor_ Malkit Shoshan · Lei Ye + Ivan Zhang + Birdia Zuo
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Corona Essays

Iwan Baan
We Need to Reorganize the City
We Need to Reorganize the City
'Home' has rarely been more of a life or death situation
Manuel Toz
Pandemien vil sætte sig dybe spor
Pandemien vil sætte sig dybe spor
Engang troede vi, at vi var usårlige. At teknologi og videnskab havde fortrængt overtro og fordomme, og at fremtiden tilhørte den teknologiske nyskabelses vidundere
Justin Paul Ware
Pandemics & Architecture
Pandemics & Architecture
Through this text, teachers and students of the Master Emergency + Resilience at the Università IUAV di Venezia search for a common understanding of the health crisis that is currently facing our planet
Photo by Mulyadi on Unsplash
The Very Nature of the Pandemic is about Human-Environment Relations
The Very Nature of the Pandemic is about Human-Environment Relations
Scientists have warned for a while that we overstep planetary boundaries, but our current economic system rests on and reproduces other boundaries
Byen blev pludselig meningsløs
Byen blev pludselig meningsløs
Vi har i skrivende stund ramt fjerde (eller er det femte?) uge af samfundets nedlukning. Solen skinner, for foråret er ikke sat i karantæne sammen med alle os andre
The Corona Crisis and the Built Environment
The Corona Crisis and the Built Environment
Planning of the Utopian City
Photo by Vlado Paunovic from Pexels
Tanker i en forandret by
Tanker i en forandret by
TÆNK, at kunne værdsætte at gå en tur. Nu, hvor det meste af verden er lukket ned, føler jeg mig taknemmelig over, at det er muligt – solen skinner, dagene bliver længere.
Gillian Vann
Spring Doesn’t Pause
Spring Doesn’t Pause
I just finished walking my dogs in Central Park North where everyone keeps their distance. Occasionally, a bicyclist wearing a mask and gloves whizzes past on the road above
A Naked City and a Creative Lockdown
A Naked City and a Creative Lockdown
As a part of my job and the activities inside Lima’s municipality, I had the chance of circulating amongst streets and avenues of my native city, having complete freedom in times of curfew and social distancing
The Corona Curtains
The Corona Curtains
The „shutdown“ is a nightmare for any restaurant, biergarten, bar and comparable facilites that are depending on people meeting each other
Re:habilitation
Re:habilitation
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
Tam Wai
Covid-19 and Cities
Covid-19 and Cities
The impacts of COVID-19 have only been felt for less than two months in North America yet the number of articles already declaring the end of the city as we know it is staggering
Photo by NOAA on Unsplash
Nye sammenhænge
Nye sammenhænge
Store samfundsforandringer, krige, pandemier, naturkatastrofer, teknologiske nybrud og politiske omvæltninger har før skubbet og udfordret, men også udviklet samfundet og arkitekturen. Det vil ske igen, og vi arkitekter skal tage et medansvar for, at verden ikke lukker sig om sig selv, men udvikles
Mac Bohme
Potential of Borders and Shared Cultural Infrastructure
Potential of Borders and Shared Cultural Infrastructure
We set the borders out as the first thing but no longer think about their lifecycle or how we treat them
Daniel Terry
Curated Apertures
Curated Apertures
A guide to placemaking in isolation
Painting by Madeleine Hatz, “Camouflage Painting”
The World’s Recovery
The World’s Recovery
The coronavirus emerged because an an-human ecosystem was penetrated by humans and rejigged for exploitation. Maybe it was just two guys with a pickup truck – with the same mind that drills for oil in the arctic and mines at the bottom of the ocean

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.

Timeline U.S.

Timeline China

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.

Border at different scales

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