The global pandemic of the COVID-19 virus is changing the world. It will have outcomes that we might be able to predict, but many that we cannot even begin to guess. What is clear, is that it will change the way in which we live, work and socialize together, even after we return to normal conditions – whatever that new ‘normal’ might be.
A fundamental question being asked is how can we limit the spread and impact of future epidemics? Imperial College London has looked at the connection between bats (carriers of coronavirus) and ground mammals – but insists that neither are independently or mutually to blame, that the real cause is changes in human behaviour. Given that much of our behaviour is dictated or at least influenced by our environments - how can new building technologies, building typologies and community engagement projects inform these necessary adjustments in behaviour?
This question is being addressed by global architectural practice, Scott Brownrigg, who are diverting the efforts of their Design Research Unit into exploring this topic through their global staff in the UK, New York, Singapore and Amsterdam. And they are calling on others within the profession, academia and research world to join them in researching how this can be achieved.