Pixel city: a modular pandemic resilient neighbourhood design.
School of Arts, Design and Architecture | Master's thesis
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Master’s Programme in Urban Studies and Planning
AbstractBackground Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, dramatic changes have been brought into people's everyday life. Unexpected lifestyle shifts, such as working from home and being heavily reliant on online and outdoor activities. With the unknown duration of this pandemic and the future pandemics that we need to face, it is a good time to re-examine our current built environment and imagine a better fututure. Methods The goal of this thesis is the propose a modular system that is resilient to future pandemics. To reach such goals, literature review is used as a method to learn related theories. Parallel to theoretical study, international example analysis is used as a method to get insights current practice of modular and communal space design. Results Based on theories learned from literature review and takeaways from international project analyses, a resilient modular system that is applicable in different sites and contexts is proposed in the last chapter. Finally, the modular system is applied to a real site design where a pandemic resilient neighbourhood is proposed. Conclusions This global health crisis that we are facing can also be taken as an opportunity for us to re-examine our built environment. Social connectedness can be built with the support of careful designs of different communal spaces. The three levels of flexibility provided in the proposed modular system enable resiliency in apartment, building, and neighbourhood in facing future pandemics.
Thesis advisorLindgren, Tommy
covid-19 pandemic, mental wellbeing, flexibility, resiliency, modular system, communal space, sustainability