COVID 19—A Qualitative Review for the Reorganization of Human Living Environments

Published on Aug 1, 2020in Applied Sciences
· DOI :10.3390/APP10165576
Ilenia Pierantoni3
Estimated H-index: 3
Mariano Pierantozzi13
Estimated H-index: 13
Massimo Sargolini4
Estimated H-index: 4
The COVID-19 pandemic is changing people’s habits and behaviors and will reshape city layout and management Among the different areas of research to be explored, the paper outlines first inputs to use the COVID-19 health crisis as a “window of opportunity” to trigger a sustainable transition of urban living environments, through actions to reshape and territorial organization after COVID-19 and in preparation for future health Before having a vaccine or medications that ensure a non-lethal disease course, there will be a phase of responsibility and coexistence with the virus It will be a period whose duration experts are still unable to quantify What changes in the city organization, behaviors and uses of spaces will we observe in the living environments? Will this lead to a sustainability transition? The paper proposes a qualitative review to investigate how the droplet might travel through the air and how COVID-19 has spread in different urban contexts to outline a comprehensive reflection on the future of the city and strategies for more resilient communities and territories To achieve this goal, the paper proposes the need of a comparison between skills related to physics aspects, such as fluid dynamics (to assess how droplets spread) and skills related to architectural, urban and territorial design (to evaluate the conditions of indoor and outdoor living environments)
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