Back to the Future: Interpretation of Post-COVID-19 Architecture through 1960s Futurism

Öztek E., Karakaş B.

İdealkent, vol.12, pp.564-585, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.31198/idealkent.879088
  • Journal Name: İdealkent
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.564-585
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


COVID-19 has changed the configuration and needs in architectural and urban spaces. Today, only the pandemic's short-term consequences have been seen in architecture, whereas the longterm influences are still being discussed. This article aims to look for an insight into postpandemic architecture in the long term through the futuristic architectural projects of the 1960s. For that purpose, this study primarily conducts a literature review about post-disease architecture after 19th-century epidemics. Following that, three significant figures of the futurist architecture movement, Buckminster Fuller, Reyner Banham, and Archigram, were chosen as case studies to highlight the sterile, isolated, and technology bounded aspects of this movement. By also looking at the healthy environment criteria and the short-term architectural

discussions after the COVID-19 outbreak, the selected architects' distinctive theories and unique science-fiction projects were examined and discussed concerning contagious diseases and pandemic's reflections on spaces. According to the interpretation of these architect's works and arguments, an open-ended, nomadic, formless architecture in which technology and infrastructure gave the individual better freedom could be associated with the post-pandemic built environment.