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LIFE AFTER LOCKDOWN – ABSTRACT 5

HOW THE WORLD WILL BE DIFFERENT AFTER COVID-19

LIFE AFTER LOCKDOWN – ABSTRACT 5 | THE PLAN

This is the fifth instalment of our feature in which the greatest interpreters of contemporary architecture share their thoughts on how architecture will change, and what the world will look like, when we emerge from the Covid-19 lockdown.

We’re featuring nine more video selfies in which architects and important thinkers share their visions of the post-Covid-19 world and its architecture.

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Vincenzo Corvino, Corvino + Multari – New cities for a new Renaissance

Just as happened in the Renaissance, after a great plague a new opportunity arose to rethink society, and architecture along with it. So, as Cardinal Martini said, while the urban dynamics of the past decades have been characterized by the crowd, we now need to learn to transform that chaos into a more pragmatic approach to building new cities.

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Massimo Roj CMR, CMR Project – Human regeneration: from smart cities to safe cities

With the Covid crisis giving us a chance to accelerate change towards regeneration and well-being, Massimo Roj invites us to turn our words into actions, while also taking into account changing safety needs.

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Vittorio Grassi, Vittorio Grassi Architect & Partners – Three lessons to learn before starting again
Vittorio Grassi believes that our experience with Covid-19 has taught us three key lessons: the importance of self-knowledge and knowledge of the environments in which we live and work; the need for a sense of community, because cities must become our home; and the centrality of sustainability, which must now be our short-term goal, especially in architecture.

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Roberto Grandi, president of Istituzione Bologna Musei – The new cultural tourist
What does the near future hold for culture? Roberto Grandi sees museums operating as cultural hubs that are accountable to society. He believes that they need to engage with their local communities to become a part of their everyday lives. But museums must also be at the service of artists and creators, so that they no longer relate to them as places for artworks but as places for artists and a hotbed of new creativity.

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Daniel Kelley, MGA Partners Architects – Time for a new universal and timeless architecture
Daniel Kelly takes stock of the events currently shaking our world and, in particular, how they are playing out in the United States. As architects and designers, we can’t resolve these social problems. But we can recognize them and refocus our energy by contributing materially to design an authentic, universal, and timeless architecture.

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Francesca Pintus, HOK – Embracing the changes: flexibility and adaptability
Talking from Sardinia, Francesca Pintus sees flexibility and adaptability as the two basic signposts for the rebirth of society after the pandemic – a situation she describes as something like an episode of the Blackmirror TV series. Sustainability, accessibility, open spaces, green spaces, and so on – all of these elements are key to unlocking tomorrow’s new social needs.

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Emre Arolat, EAA - Emre Arolat Architecture – A lesson from the new normal
Citing Chomsky, Emre Arola warns us that the pandemic might be just the beginning of a series of disasters. Once we’ve returned to the new normal, we therefore must be able to learn valuable lessons from the experience. We’ve already learned to consume less and live more in-tune with the environment. We must now take these lessons onboard to turn ourselves into new, more responsible human beings.

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John Marx, Form4 Architecture – A vision for tomorrow: three great opportunities
John Marx helps us see this challenging period as a source of new opportunities. Our immediate future holds the opportunity for experimenting with ideas that, before the pandemic, we wouldn’t have dared to attempt. But it will also be a time to work out what really matters to us as a community so that we can work together to overcome this pandemic at the global level. Finally, we’re being offered a chance to reboot the world according to a new and shared vision.

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Tanvir Hasan, Donald Insall Associates – Conservation and traditional lifestyles will be the new normal
What has been the impact of this period in history on our environment and cultural heritage? By reconnecting us with our cities, we’ve rediscovered clean air, the passive design of old buildings and their simple technology, green spaces, and so much more. These elements, which come from our past, can inspire us to return to a more traditional and healthier way of existing.

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