Initial Responses Beyond the New Normal: Architecture and Urbanism in a Post Pandemic Virtual World

  • Ashraf M. Salama (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk


As part of the series of Doctoral and Postgraduate Research Seminars organised by the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow UK, the second successful online meeting has been organised on 4th May 2020.

Chaired by Prof. Branka Dimitrijevic.The meeting included a presentation by Professor Ashraf M. Salama, entitled "initial responses beyond the new normal: architecture and urbanism in a post pandemic virtual world" that explored potential contributions of architecture and allied disciplines to the post pandemic era.

The primary objective of this presentation is to instigate a discourse about the potential contribution of architecture and urban design and planning in generating knowledge that responds to pressing questions about future considerations of post pandemic architecture and urbanism. Architecture and urbanism as academic disciplines and professions that influence, in many different ways, individuals, communities, and societies, can support efforts through: developing new insights into the impact of a pandemic on cities and urban environments now and in the future; developing new understandings relevant to the characteristics of urban spaces which ensue from these insights; conducting research to comprehend the socio-spatial implications of COVID-19 measures and guidelines introduced by governments and authorities to fight the spread of the disease; identifying new conceptions related to emerging lifestyles which stem from the new spatial environments that integrate working and living patterns; and ultimately developing design responses towards creating healthy environments that successfully accommodate the infected populations while addressing the associated social and psychological ramifications. The highly contagious coronavirus and the rapid spread of COVID-19 disease have generated a global public health crisis, which is being addressed at various local and global scales through social distancing measures and guidelines. This is coupled with debates about the nature of living and working patterns through intensive utilisation of information and telecommunication technologies, leading to the social and institutional acceptability of these patterns as the ‘new normal.’ For further information on a recent relevant article, please visit
Period4 May 2020
Event titleStrathclyde Department of Architecture: Doctoral and Postgraduate Research Webinars and Meetings
Event typeOther
LocationGlasgow, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Covid-19
  • Coronavirus
  • City Life
  • Built Environment
  • Social Distancing
  • Urban Dynamics
  • Living and Working Patterns