The global impact of the coronavirus seems to stop the world in these times and turn all our lives upside down. Through our network for architectural guided tours Guiding Architects we are connected and in contact with our colleagues worldwide.
Since the majority of us are currently sitting in our home offices and thus have no opportunity to explore the world, we have considered bringing the world to you. We have asked our partners a few questions about the current situation.
Read their answers here and get some tips on how other countries deal with the situation and what you can see from home. Architecture from the couch.
We start with our Guiding Architects partner Bo Christiansen from Scaledenmark in Copenhagen / Malmö.
Architecture from the couch: tips from Bo Christiansen:
1. what is the situation like in your city?
SUNNY & BRIGHT & HOMEOFFICES
Due to the lockdown more people than ever are going outside to enjoy the sunny weather. The popular walking spaces are crowded with Copenhageners in the weekend, when the home office is closed. But crowded also means possible contact. Therefore the police is taking measures, such as installing a one way street along our beloved lakes. Luckily there are still many hidden gems which offer as much green and sun. NB 10 PAX allowed to gather at this point !
2. how do you look into the future?
Every crisis offers an opportunity to learn. We hope that in the future these lessons will be take into practice. We are very curious to see what will happen after this. Work / life is currently being explored in news ways, maybe a near future could allow for a 30 hour working week whereas the fifth day will be a Skype-day from home. All the more we will have to help define what a resilient city looks like.
Architecture from the couch: tips from Bo Christiansen
3. What could be viewed digitally in your city (museum, gallery, archive)?
If you missed BIGs exhibition in the Danish Architecture Center last fall, no worries! You can get a virtual tour through this link.
Besides that is the Database of DAC a very good way to explore Copenhagens architecture.
Or check out our instagram @exploringcopenhagen_
The art collective DIS that would have exhibited “What do people do all day?” in Kunsthal Charlottenborg has cooperated with the museum to open “art’s answer to Netflix”. You can find this here.
4. name a positive initiative from your city, which has been created due to the current situation?
Right after the semi-lockdown the Danish bassist Mathæus Bech started the so called “Coronaconcerts”. He invites artists in his living room and streams this live and for free. But of course, if you can spare a penny, you can transfer some money directly to the artist.
5. give us 1 tip for an architecture book and/or a documentary on architecture and/or movie and/or podcast that you have enjoyed recently?