Humanity is going through a collective new problem unprecedented in our lifetime. Considered one of isolation, pushed by self-quarantine, for a interval unknown. It’s a social experiment with no predictable final result. However one fixed within the equation is architecture.
With over half the world’s inhabitants inhabiting cities or densely populated areas, billions of individuals are presently residing in small areas, disconnected from each other by brick, concrete and metal. The social housing experiment of the 1950s and 60s created a brand new architectural typology, which was compounded by an underlying social assemble, pushed by capitalism, that advised us to thoughts our personal enterprise. In some way, through the age of excessive rises that adopted, turned this concept of isolation into a standing image, as personal penthouses, accessed by personal elevators, at the moment float excessive above the town streets.
Lengthy earlier than this international pandemic, I grew to become fairly delicate to this two-dimensional, vertical way of life. This state of isolation, for a lot of across the globe, was already right here. Whether or not a one-bedroom in an nameless house constructing, or a duplex glass penthouse in a tall tower overlooking the East River, vertical residing has turned us into voyeurs and observers, relatively than contributors. It made me lengthy for the cul-de-sacs of my youth, when my mom and her associates would whistle from the balcony, a name to motion, a symphony of sounds, a definite pitch for every younger little one to comply with dwelling. Gone in lots of neighborhoods are the stoops, stick ball on the street, altruism that prolonged past the person to the collective. It’s our design intention to make use of structure to bridge communities and create areas for connectionы that had been misplaced within the a long time of city planning, the place the frenzy to accommodate took precedence over the necessity to assimilate.