Prisons or Sanctuaries: What The 1918 Pandemic Can Teach Us

Following the pandemic of 1918, there was an urge to look for new solutions to what we used every day inside our homes. 

Everything from door knobs to bed frames to toilet seats were redesigned towards a cleaner, more hygienic environment. 

What will the interiors of houses look like after this pandemic and how and where will we live?

Whether it’s a basement suite or a mansion by the beach, our homes are shelters and sanctuaries. But sanctuaries come at a cost. House prices skyrocketed during the pandemic and so did loneliness.  

It may be scary to go back outside after this pandemic, but greenspace and third places connect us with each other after months of isolation. 

In this episode, hear from: 

Uwe Schmidt-Hess, the founder and director of 'Patalab. Since setting up the practice in 2008, he has coordinated the design of a diverse range of projects encompassing the residential, public, office, arts and culture sectors. Prior to establishing Patalab, Uwe worked for several leading international firms including Fink+jocher in Munich, Atrium Design in Bangkok and Make Architects in London.

Erin Peavey, an Architect and Design Researcher at HKS. She bridges the gap between research and practice, with a focus on design for health and wellbeing. Erin has been named a Rising Star by Healthcare Design Magazine and Healthcare Design's Best Under 40 by the AIA-AAH.

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