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(Virtual) Global Practice: Public Space as Social Infrastructure—A Conversation with EVA Studio and Atelier Bow-Wow

June 2020 GPN
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    Free and open to the public.

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    Knowledge Community




Is quarantine the time to design the way we imagine space?

Crises are opportunities to reevaluate our current systems and re-imagine our future. During this pandemic, healthcare professionals have demonstrated their expertise to respond to immediate needs. Non-healthcare designers have also proposed ideas for personal protective devices or spaces that allow our daily needs to be met without contacting another person, such as supermarket layouts. These visible demands are straightforward and may often be temporary, but how about those that are invisible, such as the need for social connection while physically distancing?

EVA studio, in their latest article, discussed adjusted ways of using public spaces, including balconies, corridors, rooftops, and community gardens, which reinforce the social connections during the quarantine. These newly observed behaviors during the lock-down may be opportunities to re-imagine the role of such social infrastructure. How can they be utilized as a resource to inform site-specific spatial solutions? What are the implications for how we approach design in the future?

Eva Studio will share their projects and thoughts on public spaces. Atelier Bow-Wow will share their on-going research at ETH that questions the relationship between the physical space and the users, especially in the learning environment. We will further discuss the topic of public space as social infrastructure with the audience.


Talk by EVA
Talk by Atelier Bow-Wow
Q & A


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Yuan Zhang, PLA, LEED AP | [email protected]
Junko Yamamoto, LEED AP | [email protected]