The Future of Urbanism and Architecture Post Covid 19
By Yermys Peña
The future of architecture faces a historical moment, because we will change our lifestyle. Quarantine experiences throughout history have forced us to rethink, reinterpret and rethink cities; from public spaces and architectural response of projects, responding to criteria not only of sustainability, but also that promote well-being and health.
If we study the history of the great pandemics:
In general, this pandemic leaves us looking towards to a healthier world, focused on wellness and happiness. Good design, flexibility and spatial versatility, correct orientation, distribution, location, selection of materials, sensory experience, nature, spatial quality will be revalued in search of improving health through our buildings and taking care of the environment. The challenge for cities will be to offer more proximity, less stress and less travel time. So what we must do is plan urban life, starting from the human being, to its use to offer quality of life over short distances, meeting the essential urban needs of man. As architects we have a great responsibility, we are an important part of the transition towards a post pandemic life. It is time to develop plans to change our homes, our workplaces, our public spaces and our educational centers. In this spatial decisions we make today, during this emergency, they may make or break our ability to survive similar crisis for ourselves or for the next generation.
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* Health sites and controlled spaces. A morphological study of quarantine architecture. Author Quim Bonastra
*** The author is an architect, teacher, construction entrepreneur, expert in sustainable design, bioclimatic architecture and wellness architecture ***