Braced for Impact: Architectural Praxis in a Post-Pandemic Society

2020-04-27T23:28:06Z (GMT) by Sapna Papu Shreyasi Pal

Our systematic neglect of universal human needs of shelter, health and safety is set to make the poorer sections disproportionately more vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic which the whole world is now struggling to contain. Architecture must carry a burden of guilt as present configurations of urban built environment normalise socio-spatial injustice and perpetuate capitalist fictions. Here, we interrogate how architecture can reclaim its social relevance, particularly in cities of the Global South, when the post-pandemic society adopts more socio-environmentally sustainable, ‘new normal’ lifestyles to build community resilience.