Portfolio Project Detail

Ready. Set. Reset. Rania Karamallah and Natalie Bellefleur

The Pandemic brought to light many of cities’ social and infrastructural cracks, from healthcare resiliency to racial injustice, from shortages in equitable housing, and over-dependence on external production chains. This proposal addresses the post pandemic city through a transformative and recovery based strategy to reset urban life as we once knew it.

The pandemic has reproportioned demands for spaces – office towers lay empty, while temporary housing shelters are overflowing. Is there an opportunity for landlords within cities to achieve a profit from non-renewed office leases and for social housing organizations to fulfill demand?

Supermarket delivery and local food production are new avenues cities can tap into. While the promise of urban agriculture has long been in discussion, finding space within the urban realm has yet been elusive. However with the dramatic reapportioning and spatial flexibility of a post pandemic city, the possibilities of dispersed urban agriculture may be realized. Similarly, remote working and learning has caused a dramatic reduction in the number of commuters prompting a re-evaluation of vehicular and transit networks. Now is the opportunity to return hardscape to softscape, providing for continuous connectivity for cyclists and pedestrians.

The framework for addressing inclusive, sustainable cities of the future needs to address all aspects of life, from culture, and learning, to job security and housing affordability and the wellbeing of both its inhabitants and the environment. We foresee the post pandemic city achieving resilience through a phased approach in which revenue generating operations build the financial basis on which the reconstruction of cultural programs and open space can occur.