Diseases and epidemics have reshaped architecture and our communities throughout history. Time and time again, it has forced us to rethink healthy living and the way we design our homes and places of work. As the corona pandemic is slowly passing, it is time to consider what we have learned and review our ways.
The project Post-pandemic Placemaking is about discovering the consequences and learnings of the past year and translating it into strategies for making buildings that can sustain future change. Our needs constantly evolve, and pandemics will undoubtedly hit again, therefore we need to be able to adapt. Our months in quarantine has given us a chance to reset and evaluate.
The adaptable hybrid exemplified in Aarhus seeks to create a system that can make us keep distance when we must and connect us when we can. A domestic and office hybrid where private and public meets to become a shared community. Non-programmed areas and movable walls increase the residents’ involvement and let them become part of the placemaking. The building can change between different modes of lockdown and grow with you and your bubble over time. Flexibility should be key for the coming generation of post-pandemic housing.