AUTHOR: Sascha Roesler
CONTEXT: Video contribution in the frame of “History of Science ON CALL,” initiated (among others) by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, June 25, 2020.
KEYWORDS: Epidemiology, Hygiene, Modern Architecture, Slum, Smart City, Living Lab
Architectural theorist Sascha Roesler discusses the following questions for the History of Science ON CALL project:
1. Why are cities the central venues in which epidemiology and urban planning intersect?
2. What does “social distancing” mean from the perspective of architecture and urban planning?
3. What are the current challenges posed by the coronavirus for the planning disciplines?
4. What are the implications of Covid-19 for the way the European city is planned in the future?
5. Why are the humanities needed in the context of pandemic threats?
History of Science ON CALL aggregates and amplifies two streams of information—Research and Education—relevant to crises, including chronic disasters. The Research stream consists of short-format video interviews while the Education stream seeks to aggregate and introduce known resources and materials—scholarship and teaching tools—in order to amplify their reach.