Architecture & urban design of the post COVID-19 city podcast


The global pandemic has changed the way we use the spaces around us, particularly how we operate in public, whether it be at the grocery store or the workplace. We join Ashraf Salama (University of Strathclyde, UK) to ask what the implications of disease spread are for architectural education and research.

In this episode, Daniel speaks with Ashraf Salama, Professor of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow about the role of architecture and urban planning in the context of the global pandemic. In rethinking how we use public and private spaces under the current conditions, Professor Salama looks ahead to the Post-Covid-19 city. What will the workplace look like? What about city centres, or our homes that that have been transformed into workplaces? The implications of the pandemic for architects and urban planners are wide and far reaching and are already reshaping architectural research and education.

Speaker profile(s)

Ashraf Salama is Professor of Architecture at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK and former Head of the School of Architecture (2014-2020). He is the Director of the Cluster for Research in Architecture and Urbanism in the Global South. Ashraf has published over 170 peer reviewed articles and book chapters and authored and co-edited 14 books. His interests and experience cross the boundaries of disciplines and involve theories and methodologies of design studio teaching in architecture and urban design. He is the Editor of Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research (ARCH) and Open House International (OHI).

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In this episode

  • What are the main issues that architects and urban planners must address in the face of Covid-19?
  • What are the long-term effects of how we interact with spatial environments post-pandemic?
  • What are the negative and positive consequences of the “new normal” as they become the “actual normal?”
  • How will urban planners rethink travel and transportation in the post-pandemic city?
  • What does retrofitting mean to our relationship with existing buildings and how will it shape our lives?
  • What role do architects and urban planners play in developing informal settlements like those in Rio de Janeiro and Mumbai?
  • How do architects take a transdisciplinary approach to urban development?
  • How is architectural education changing as it looks ahead to the post COVID-19 city?

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You can find out more about the journals via the individual journal homepages: Archnet-IJAR: International Journal of Architectural Research (ARCH) and Open House International (OHI).

To find out more about the Archnet-IJAR special issue on ‘Architecture, Urbanism, and Health in a Post Pandemic Virtual World’, please visit the Call for Papers.  

Here’s a link to the book Daniel mentioned in the episode, Beyond the Stable State by Donald A Schon

The blog post Daniel mentioned in the episode can be found on Ashraf’s blog site.

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