HOW THE WORLD WILL BE DIFFERENT AFTER COVID-19
Many of the greatest interpreters of contemporary architecture have shared their ideas with The Plan about how architecture will change and how the world will look post-Covid-19.
In Abstract 1, we heard the views of Stefan Behnisch, Patrik Schumacher, Sergei Tchoban, and others.
Abstract 2 summed up the thoughts of the likes of Kim Herforth Nielsen, Steven Holl, and Winka Dubbeldam.
In Abstract 3, Ben Van Berkel, Mario Cucinella, Carmen Andrian, and others presented their perspectives.
In this week’s instalment, another eight architects and important thinkers have made video selfies in which they share their visions of the post-Covid-19 world and its architecture.
Tony Joseph, STAPATI – Doublethinking for a sustainable future
On the one hand, we’ve learned about separation, social distancing, and self-isolation. On the other, we’ve learned to recognize ourselves as part of a world that’s been wounded in its entirety. Our urban ecosystems will need to reflect this dichotomy: cities will have to think in a unified way, while neighborhoods, by contrast, will need to be regarded as self-sufficient systems. This is the only way, according to Tony Joseph, for us to build a sustainable future.
Giuseppe Tortato, Giuseppe Tortato Architetti – Out of the maelstrom
Over the last two months, we’ve been able to step outside the maelstrom of daily life and observe our society. We’ve seen the fragility of yesterday’s certainties and rediscovered ourselves. We need to treasure the lessons we’ve learned and make sure that our working life never again takes over our personal life. In this way, we’ll be able to step out from this crisis into a renewed freedom.
Simone Micheli, Simone Micheli Architectural Hero – Work to return to life
How will what has happened influence future projects? Giovanni Micheli believes that the design approach itself won’t change. What will change is the structure of that approach as it reflects a new set of needs. A team effort – architects, designers, businesspeople, and manufacturers will all need to work together to improve life and “return to life.”
Enrico Frigerio, Frigerio Design Group – Planning will be the new keyword
Enrico Frigerio’s advice is to learn how to plan ahead rather than always simply reacting to events as they happen. In the future, we’ll need to be able to think beyond new digital technologies by recognizing the difference between remote work and smart work, always opting for quality over quantity.
Alida Forte Catella, COIMA Image – Return to nature for a new beginning
Talking from Milan’s wonderful Library of Trees park, Alida Catella of Coima Image invites us to return to nature for a new beginning – to let it inspire us and bring us all together with a new blueprint for regaining our trust in the future and well-being.
In an evocative video, in which the camera pans past a procession of multistory buildings that represent the problems facing Brazil today, Studio mk27 share their doubts about tomorrow’s future. Everyone sees this future as ushering in numerous major changes. Upon closer reflection, though, maybe things won’t be quite what we expect.
Giovanni Iasevoli, FOCALIS – Understanding new lifestyles
Focalis is already working on concrete solutions that interpret the new needs that will emerge in the post-Covid world. It offers products that embrace the new choices people are making in their everyday lives, such as taking a bath – synonymous with relaxation and personal care – instead of a shower, or recreating their regular gym in their home.
Giovanni La Varra, Barreca & La Varra – Rethinking crowds
Talking from a building site, the epicenter of action, Giovanni La Varra contemplates these extraordinary times in which so much in our lives has been turned on its head. Change will come, but it will happen gradually, in phases of resistance and compromise. And it will invariably involve rethinking the concept of crowds that permeated the twentieth century.