Credit: Astrid Maria Rasmussen
Observations, visions, and considerations on the impact of the Corona-crisis on the built environment, in both Danish and international contexts.
The format is open and can be both text and illustration, however, please write in either English or Danish. The incoming contributions will be published on our web and Facebook pages.
Streetlife has been suspended, freedom of assembly has been radically restricted, and most institutions and workplaces are closed down, while social and professional relations are confined to digital platforms. To an extreme extent, the home and the nation-state have become guiding frameworks for our everyday lives. National borders are closing while new biological, bodily defined borders have arisen by dictate. Over a short period of time, a new system of distancing has been implemented, and as an underlying effect, these new codes of conduct have brought evidence to the connection between all of us. Paradoxical connectivity of both good and bad.
What impact can we imagine the current pandemic will have – or ought to have – on our approach to the built environment and urban planning in the future? Less density? More surveillance? More risk assessment and preventive regulations? What social, political, and cultural effects can we fear or hope for that this global state of emergency will cause? Increased social equality and solidarity across societal divides? Across national borders? Or more social control? A decrease in consumption? Changed mobility patterns? Are there concrete construction projects and planning strategies that present themselves differently in the wake of our, as of yet only budding, experiences from the pandemic and its expectedly severe impact on economies across the globe? Do the Corona-crisis call for a return of the Welfare state with its top-down planning? Is it possible to imagine that positive experiences and a change of behavioral patterns can be drawn from the Covid-19-crisis to the Climate-crisis?
We are looking forward to a querying, free-thinking, and inspiring debate, that can help us reflect together on this unprecedented situation and its possible consequences.
NB: We reserve the right not to publish all contributions.