The Corona Crisis and the Built Environment

Planning of the Utopian City

Planning of the Utopian City

The Corona Crisis and the Built Environment

By Eliza Maria George, architect (India)
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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

The main impacts of the pandemic are the closing of national and interstate borders, and the inevitable fall of the economy. Both of these factors greatly influence both design and execution of design of the built environment, and the role of the architect or planner.

The old school goal of glocalization of economic goods, which we have come so close to achieving, has left us currently in a situation where our food and other necessary resources come from across political borders, a situation which leaves us deeply dependent on other states. This is not the way forward. Every state has to be self sufficient in terms of all basic resources, in specific  food, energy, waste management and water. At a macro level, this has to be ideally incorporated in the planning stage of every city. The planning should also ensure minimum requirement for resources.

Cities will have to be designed around pedestrian movement and not vehicular movement

In a utopian scenario, the zoning should ensure minimum travel distances to the work place and to the schools. The concept of neighborhoods could be considered, where everything is available and produced within a reachable radius, reachable preferably by foot or by public transport. With the onset of the ‘work-from-home’ culture, the need for elaborate offices and infrastructure will come down. Co-work spaces will become more popular for occasional physical meetings. Cities will have to be designed around pedestrian movement and not vehicular movement. This would reduce the need for fuel, maintenance of roads and other related services. The design of the city can become more green, self sufficient and therefore eco-friendly.

If anything, the Corona Lockdown has shown us how quickly the air can become clean without vehicles on the streets, and how clear the night sky becomes without pollution. The scarcity in resources points out the need for resource self sufficiency of every state or city.

ARCHITECTURE AT THE MICRO LEVEL

With the fall of the economy, people will not be willing to spend excessively on offices, shops, homes and other small projects. They will require more from less. Architecture will have to adapt to reduce construction cost and therefore increase expenditure on businesses for the economy to grow.

The role of the architect will get more inclined to low cost methods for construction and minimal maintenance of the built form. Passive heating and cooling will become inevitable to reduce running costs, and traditional architectural practices specific to every climate zone will have to be looked at and studied in detail.

Flexibility and multi use spaces will be required with mixed use development of new projects. The work from home culture will require more efficient homes.

All these points will have to be addressed in the design stage itself. The need for the architect to become increasingly sensitive to the economic scenario and the climatic impact will lead to more responsible designs in the future.

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