There has always been a strong link between architecture, protection and health even though in recent years the frenetic pace of life has overshadowed everything else and kept many of us from thinking much about it. And yet healthy living in a salubrious house in a city designed to be clean, ventilated and well-lit has always been the fundamental objective of every construction project, however big or small, at any latitude.
Just think of how the plagues of centuries past led to more efficient sewer systems. Or how a few decades ago tuberculosis brought us to "modernism" and inventive new ways of using natural light to its utmost.
Today’s Covid19 pandemia has suddenly shown up critical aspects that we thought had been vanquished and is challenging us project designers and creative people. The questions that everyone is asking are: will the near future allow the concept of densely populated skyscrapers or urban centers to survive? Will services like lifts, transit, stores, or even the widespread open-space office be able to function with the same efficiency? And what about all those public places like museums, theaters, gyms and spas, places of worship, and architectural and monumental heritage buildings? How should we deal with the progressive reduction of square meters in city dwellings allowed in many building codes, starting with those dedicated to tourism?
There are no easy answers, nor will there be, but we project designers will strive to give you an answer. There are now instruments that can detail how salubrious a construction is through intelligent control systems, while materials reviving natural construction methods, aeration and new construction techniques are already providing answers to the questions of the future. Our professional work will be even more oriented towards making them compatible with the needs of the client, place and specific worksite.
by Ilenia Girolami