Articles on the impact of Covid-19 on architecture and the future of cities

As the world is being hit by the Covid-19 epidemic, the way we live has been drastically affected. Because of physical distancing measures, we changed the way we use our homes, public spaces and transportation. In order to discuss the effects of the Covid-19 crisis on architecture and urban planning, swissnex Brazil invited Anna Karla Almeida, Fabienne Hoelzel and Tainá de Paula for a webinar on the 19th of June 2020.

 After the inspiring exchange of ideas, the three panellists wrote exclusive pieces for swissnex Brazil to share more insights from her presentations. Click the links below to access each article and enjoy the reading.


Urban Life and Covid-19: Impacts on Architecture and the Future of Cities

“Space, a keyword in times of epidemic. We live in a moment of transition, because the relationship with the spaces we live in changed.” – Read the article by Anna Karla Almeida, urban architect and Doctoral Assistant at EPFL, at the Laboratory of Urbanism, Lab-U.


Potential impacts of COVID-19 on architecture in the urban structures and living structures of the cities

“Certain ongoing processes and developments undergo currently an acceleration, whereas others seem rather suffer from serious setbacks. It became obvious in the last few weeks that quality open and green spaces next to the private homes are more important than ever.” – Read the article by Fabienne Hoelzel, Professor for Urban Design (ABK Stuttgart) and Founder of FABULOUS URBAN.


Post-epidemic or post-capitalism: Reflexions on Covid-19 from Rio de Janeiro

“In Brazil, Covid-19 revealed the social inequalities, so present in the favelas and periphery, especially with respect to the Black population who historically occupies these territories.” –  Read the article by Tainá de Paula, architect and urban planner, urban struggles activist, Regional Coordinator of the Brasil Cidades Project and  Counsellor for the Bento Rubião Foundation Centre.


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