Space, Structures and Design in a Post-Pandemic World  book cover
1st Edition

Space, Structures and Design in a Post-Pandemic World

  • Available for pre-order. Item will ship after April 28, 2022
ISBN 9781032055817
April 28, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
224 Pages 50 Color Illustrations

USD $39.95

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

Pandemics have long-term effects on how we live and work, and the COVID-19 pandemic was no exception, accelerating us into a digital economy, in which people increasingly work, shop, and learn online, transforming how we use space in-person and remotely. Space, Structures, and Design in a Post-Pandemic World explores the rebalancing of our physical and digital interactions and what it means for the built environment going forward.

This book examines the effect of the pandemic on our use of land, interior space, energy, and transportation, as well as on our approach to design, wealth, work, and practice. Author Thomas Fisher also discusses the plagues of institutional racism and climate change that coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic and how these were interrelated. At the same time as all of this, the automation of all or part of many jobs continued unabated, eliminating much of the work that people did before COVID-19 arrived. This text discusses how we might leverage the under-utilized human talent and material assets all around us to rebuild our communities and our economy in more creative ways for a more equitable, resilient future.

Space, Structures, and Design in a Post-Pandemic World will influence anyone interested in how design thinking can transform how we see the world and those looking for new ways to understand what the COVID-19 pandemic means and what opportunities it creates for our environments.

Table of Contents



Part One: Post-Pandemic Challenges and Opportunities

Chapter One: Space

Chapter Two: Design

Chapter Three: Politics

Chapter Four: Economics

Chapter Five: Employment

Part Two: Post-Pandemic Functions and Facilities

Chapter Six: Working

Chapter Seven: Shopping

Chapter Eight: Learning

Chapter Nine: Studying

Part Three: Post-Pandemic Infrastructure and Open Space

Chapter Ten: Cities

Chapter Eleven: Streets

Chapter Twelve: Communities

Chapter Thirteen: Landscapes


View More



Thomas Fisher is a Professor in the School of Architecture, Director of the Minnesota Design Center, and former Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. A former President of ACSA, he is also the former Editorial Director of Progressive Architecture magazine, recognized in 2005 as the fifth most published architecture writer in the United States. He has written or edited 11 books, 70 book chapters or introductions and over 450 articles in professional journals and major publications.