> Reactive Pandemic Protocol.


> City: Barcelona
> Issue: Pandemics


Team Members:
Jochen Morandell
Alejandro Quinto Ferrandez
Rovianne Santiago

(IAAC Institute of advanced Architecture de Catalunia)

The built environment can no longer keep pace with the rapid technological evolution of our cities. However, it is not sustainable nor feasible to adapt our infrastructures and buildings to our societies accelerated development. For this reason, we believe that employing digitalization can aid in the development of cities by enhancing what’s already existing. We believe that needed resources must come from optimizing current infrastructures.

Covid-19 is just one of the many emergencies impacting our world. It is a global issue that has been impacting the lives of everyone. Without exception, all cities would need to actively respond against it for the world to be virtually free of it. This issue’s urgency and universality urged us to devise a smarter system for rapid, sustainable development, hoping for a more resilient and adaptable urban environment. Spain has been one of the most impacted countries in Europe and in the world. We chose Barcelona, one of the most developed cities in the country, as a case study for a response system that is adaptable anywhere. This system will establish a new paradigm of building adaptation towards emergency response and exceptional urban phenomena.

How can we design a multiscalar protocol of design intervention that brings together buildings? Is there a way for this protocol to be non-operational unless during exceptional circumstances? There have been many cases around the world wherein buildings were transformed in order to form a collaborative network that will support the current local healthcare system. What if, from the first second that a carrier (covid19 infected) is detected, a whole network of agents could distribute information and deploy an emergency protocol that would reprogramme the use of buildings within hours? What if we could have an impact assessment in advance to inform decision-makers of the possible measures to take?