Architecture can ground both healing and wellness. Whether mitigating and reducing the transmission of disease, or simply providing a tranquil space for solace, the buildings of our daily lives directly shape our experience. In the case of emergency architecture, spaces are built to address issues of health and shelter. As architects continue to rethink designs for housing and basic human needs, they've also extended their focus to mental, physical and spiritual well-being. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how designers are desperately needed to reimagine emergency structures for safety and wellness. But the need for emergency shelters is tied to many types of crisis, not just a pandemic. For urban life, cities have become hubs for commerce, culture, and social connection. Here, emergency architecture often has a lifespan that is longer than originally intended, but it can encompass different means to address local ecosystems and disasters, education, culture and health.
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