Designing for Resilience and Quality of Life – Lessons from the Pandemic

Do we need to change the way we think about and design for healthy, everyday life in the built environment? The way we nurture and create room for communities in and between buildings? And the way we prioritise nature, connectedness and resilience in the spaces and urban landscapes around us?

These are some of the questions that have arisen from the COVID pandemic. The Pandemic forced communities and people around the world to adapt and transform. For some it meant radical changes in their work life, for most it severely limited their access to social interaction. The pandemic impacted us differently, but it impacted us all. The question is what we can learn and do better going forward in designing our built environment and cities?

In this session you will hear new research insights and practical project examples from RESPOND, a build back better initiative launched by Realdania Foundation in 2022. A joint research and innovation initiative, insisting that we need to learn from the pandemic and that we together, globally, must demonstrate a new path forward for our healthy, everyday life in the context of the built environment.

They key take-away from the session will be a sneak-premiere on at set of principles around how to design and build for health and resilience based on results from the RESPOND initiative and in collaboration with the Royal Danish Academy.


Marie Stender

Anthropologist, Senior Researcher, Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University

Mette Mechlenborg

Ph.D. in Literature and Modern Culture, Senior Researcher at BUILD, Aalborg University, Denmark


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