The evolution of domestic and urban space in relation to the change caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Based on the research about  case studies and social systems, the post-pandemic city is explored within the ‚automated grid‘ project. How can the exceptional situation of a global pandemic provide impulses for reflections on spatial contexts? How do interior and exterior spaces change due to political restrictions and human behavior during the pandemic? The spatial and social fabric is merging into a completely new context. Technology has found its way during these times, and so has the transformation of labor. The change of traditional work of today implies a change of the urban environment and its architecture. Technology is changing our environment faster than humans can understand. Therefore claims for new moral principles are becoming more present than ever. Shifting values create a different understanding of space and time, leading not only to a post-pandemic city but also to a post-capitalist environment. Issues such as the universal basic income are fundamental for the new society which is driven by the disappearance of work and therefore for earning money as we know it today. Speaking about automation in architecture, buildings of capitalism and consumption play an important role. Consumption is defined by technology, therefore it causes fewer spaces to become physically ascertainable. This results in ruins of capitalism. Especially commercial buildings will lose their sense of utilisation, which is mostly resolved by demolishing them. Shopping malls, offices, postal services, small stores, banks are places which are defined by physical connections. That is why the transformation of this space into a technological space is indispensable. At the same time, the housing crisis is dominating society, refugee regulations are going global, and climate issues are collapsing. How can the ruins of capitalism be used to create a potential that serves the common good and turns the architectural development into a beneficial change? Looking at a smaller scale, the isolation which happened within the dwellings shows how the quality of housing developed during the last decades. Often defined by massproduction of investment flats. Minimal floor plan sizes lead to unhabitability and lose of human well-being.How does the utilisation of the domestic und urban space changes due to the circumstances of isolation? And which possibilities arise from the shift of  traditional typologies of space by looking at the ruins that will emerge through automation?

Sophie Schaffer & Alexandra Torggler
Sophie Schaffer & Alexandra Torggler
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05 / 2021
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