The Easel

Archives: Philip Kennicott

14th July 2020

The pandemic has shown us what the future of architecture could be

Is the pandemic a “transformational” moment for architecture? Modernist ambition is not the problem so much as the image of what a building should be. Architecture has thought of a building as a machine. However, “[many] buildings offer little sense of comfort, safety … the built environment is threatening us.” A new paradigm might be buildings as “living organisms” – after all, “breathing is an architectural and spatial problem.”