“We have arrived at a new juncture of disease and architecture, where fear of contamination controls what kinds of spaces we want to be in.”
Whether it’s how we design our office space or our eating places:
Or our homes or our townscapes – we will have to be doing a lot of rethinking:
Earlier in the summer, the New Yorker looked at “How the Coronavirus Will Reshape Architecture” and our domestic, office and city spaces:
What kinds of space are we willing to live and work in now?
n 1933, the Finnish architect and designer Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto, along with his first wife, Aino, completed the Paimio Sanatorium, a facility for the treatment of tuberculosis in southwest Finland. The building is rigidly geometric, with long walls of expansive windows wrapping its façade, light-colored rooms, and a wide roof terrace with railings like the ones on cruise ships—all the hallmarks of what we now know as modernist architecture, which emerged in the twenties from the work of the Bauhaus, in Germany, and Le Corbusier, in France…
In recent months, we have arrived at a new juncture of disease and architecture, where fear of contamination again controls what kinds of spaces we want to be in. As tuberculosis shaped modernism, so covid-19 and our collective experience of staying inside for months on end will influence architecture’s near future…
And there have been a host of pieces in the general and specialist press these last couple of weeks.
We must rethink how we design our homes for the elderly:
Eating outside is of course easier in the Mediterranean – but there are lessons to be taken away:
Circulating old air is not good for us – so we need to literally think outside the box:
The architecture of heat: how we built before air-con | Financial Times (Pay wall) Information about buildings in hot countries.
More green spaces will be necessary:
“The pandemic may have long-lasting design impacts, but we still need sociable and walkable places”:
And many of these ideas will impact house-building: