The current COVID-19 pandemic has shown that the built environment is inadequately prepared to deal with the spread of infectious diseases and that we need spatial, physical systems to adapt to the new reality. This, alongside the ongoing threat of climate change, means that there perhaps has never been a more critical time to address these two issues (designing for climate and pandemic resilience) together through the practice of architecture. However, while there is a plethora of research to support the spatial design of climate resilient cities, there is an insufficient amount of research to support a pandemic resilient spatial strategy.

This project is based on the belief that there will be future pandemics, and so it is essential for architects, planners and other urban designers to be able to test and visualise the impact their spatial designs have on the spread of infectious diseases. Therefore, we propose vectr, a computational design tool that generates and simulates the spatial design of cities for mitigating the spread of infectious diseases.

Speculate > Generate > Simulate > Analyse