Architecture, the pandemic and the future of design: Nathalie de Vries - MVRDV


Medical Emergency Covid19,

In only a few months, everything has changed completely. Even the world of architecture. In search of possible new scenarios, Floornature opens the discussion of a new approach to design for a time of public health emergency, publishing a series of interviews with architects all over the world.
How are the big studios organising their work, and what has been the impact of the current situation on smaller architectural practices?
What does it mean to design infrastructure, cultural centres and living spaces while avoiding social contact?
Might the resilience we seek in buildings also be applicable to the profession of architect?
Here are the architects’ responses, some in text form and others in videos, in the usual style of our portal.

Architecture, the pandemic and the future of design: Nathalie de Vries - MVRDV

1. How did your firm handle the lockdown?

2. What new forms of work are you experimenting with and how about the results?

3. How do you think this experience will affect the future management of an architectural practice?

The questions regarding the COVID-19 situation are answered by architect Nathalie de Vries, principal architect and founding partner of MVRDV with Winy Maas and Jacob van Rijs.
Nathalie de Vries explains how an emergency that needs to be tackled quickly can become a catalyst for virtuous change. From reducing travel to smart working, to teaching as a professor at the Faculty of Architecture at the Delft University of Technology, in the field of Architectural Design - Public Building, the effects of the pandemic are many but not only negative.


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