Architecture, Urbanism, and Health in a Post Pandemic Virtual World

Call for papers for: Archnet-IJAR

Challenges and Opportunities in Education, Research, and Practice


Submission deadline: 15th October 2020
Intended issue: Volume 15, Issue 1: March 2021

Special issue editors

Prof. Ashraf M. Salama, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK
Email: [email protected]

Dr Beatriz Maturana Cossio, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile
Email: [email protected]

Overview of Special Issue

The highly contagious coronavirus and the rapid spread of COVID-19 disease have generated a global public health crisis, which is being addressed at various local and global scales through social distancing measures and guidelines. This is coupled with debates about the nature of living and working patterns through intensive utilisation of information and telecommunication technologies, leading to the social and institutional acceptability of these patterns as the ‘new normal.’  This will have significant implications in future architectural and urban education, research, and practice.

The impact of viruses on shaping or adapting cities has never been discussed systematically or from a comparative perspective. The implications of disease spread on architectural education, research, and practice is a new topic that has not been addressed before within the global academic and professional communities.  This special issue will make a significant contribution to the field and it might end up with a totally new area of research.

The relationship between architecture, urbanism, and health is an overarching theme in this special issue. However, the primary objective and focus of this call is to instigate a discourse about the potential contribution of architecture and urban design and planning in generating knowledge that responds to pressing questions about future considerations of post pandemic architecture and urbanism. Some of these questions include:

•    What is the nature of transformations in urban dynamics post pandemic?
•    What are the key socio-spatial implications of distancing measures?
•    Could COVID-19 alter the understanding of urban space and urban life dialectics? And would engagement with nature be favoured over human-human / human-built environment engagement?
•    Would post-pandemic epoch generate new environments that accommodate new living/working styles?
•    What are the manifestations of impacts of health, disease spread, and pandemics on the future of architectural and urban education, research, and practice?

Indicative List of Anticipated Themes

The new review/opinion article, Coronavirus questions that will not go away: Interrogating Urban and Socio-Spatial Implications of COVID-19 Measures which is recently published in Emerald Open – Sustainable Cities Gateway will act as a catalyst to stimulate discussions.

Authors will be invited to read through the paper and possibly base their work on one or more of the themes explored.   Overall, it is hoped that contributions received will enable a classification of the papers within this special issue into the following themes and sub-themes.

1. Urban Dynamics During and Post COVID-19
•    Urban density and disease spread
•    Travel, transport, and the global/local tensions

2. Socio-Spatial Implications of Distancing Measures
•    Geographical locations, home zone and home range
•    Place attachment, personal space, and proxemics
•    COVID-19 links to urban space/urban life dialectics
•    Biophilic design and healing environments

3. Post Pandemic Emerging Living/Working Styles:
•    Attitude-based subcultures as determinants of future housing choices; work-based life modes as determinants of qualities of home environments; emerging spatial environments for emerging living/working patterns; appropriation and adaptation of the existing housing stocks and workplaces; standards and specs for new home and work environments; entrepreneurial practices/small businesses and place management.

4. Education and Practice in a Post Pandemic Virtual World
•    Online delivery of lecture and theory-based classes; online and hybrid learning models (delivery, assessment, and feedback); Institutional mandates/staff views/ student perceptions; online management of learning environments; critical pedagogy potentials and possibilities; ethical challenges within emerging forms of communication; online continuing professional development; online office/practice environments.

Submission details

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