Architecture, the pandemic and the future of design: Roland Baldi Architects

Roland Baldi,

Bolzano, Italy,

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: Roland Baldi Architects

1. How did your firm handle the lockdown?

We were truly taking it one day at a time so we passed gradually to home-working. We managed to settled our entire organization to be able to work in smart working mode in a week. All Roland Baldi architects are working together, no matter where we are.

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

The use of our digital platform for teamwork has become very useful. Stimulating a clear communication and conceptualizing our ideas has become increasingly important these days. It’s too early to evaluate the results of our teleworking but it will not indicate any significant changes in our goals.

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

People first. In this way, we will always be able to keep generating innovative ideas and stay motivated. No matter what the situation might be…
Improving and adapting our methodology is something we can never stop doing. This situation is a confirmation that continuous digital growth is an obligation today. Continuing to embed all our capabilities into the physical location is a risk we are not willing to take any longer.