International Conference on Architecture and Urbanism in the Age of Planetary Crisis, Ecodemia, London.

  • Ashraf M. Salama (Keynote/plenary speaker)
  • David Gloster (Keynote/plenary speaker)
  • Ipek Akpinar (Keynote/plenary speaker)
  • Terry Irwin (Keynote/plenary speaker)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences


Keynote Title:
Salama, A. M., Reproducing Architecture and Urbanism in the Midst of a Pandemic Condition, International Conference on Architecture and Urbanism in the Age of Planetary Crisis, Ecodemia, London, 24 October 2020.

This talk expands the discourse about the potential contribution of architecture and urban design and planning in generating knowledge that responds to pressing questions about the current and post pandemic condition. While I have instigated initial ideas and responses since April 2020, it is increasingly evident that the global pandemic is altering the way we think about and use the spatial environment at various scales. This warrants a continuous discussion on what the implications of disease spread are for architectural and urban research, education and practice. The implications of the pandemic for architects and urban planners appear to be wide and far reaching and are already reshaping architectural research and education and the overall discourse. Looking ahead to the 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. While the talk embeds several lines of inquiry framed to address the pandemic condition now and in the future, it offers an outlook on the reproduction of architecture and urbanism in the midst of this condition.
Period23 Oct 202024 Oct 2020
Event typeConference
LocationLondon, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • architecture
  • urbanism
  • cities
  • Covid-19
  • pandemic
  • globalization