The COVID-19 pandemic has upended nearly everything we considered to be normal—and that includes how architects and planners think about interior and outdoor spaces. We have changed how we live, work, and travel, how we navigate space, and what we expect regarding safety and sanitation. In the field of design and architecture, the pandemic has upended workflows and standards. Although there is still some uncertainty about the future, as we emerge from the pandemic the time is ripe for rethinking how we will use space moving forward. What will smart, safe, and beautiful design look like in a post-vaccine, post-pandemic world? How can architects meet changing expectations and demands in an altered environment – from corporate, residential, industrial, K–12 education, health care, and cultural spaces?
Join the 1014 and the American Council on Germany for a discussion with architects Jürgen Mayer and Gideon Shapiro.
Jürgen Mayer H. is an architect and owner of J.MAYER. und Partner. After studying architecture at the University of Stuttgart, The Cooper Union New York, and Princeton University, Jürgen Mayer H. founded his Berlin office in 1996. He has realized a wide range of different projects worldwide since its foundation. Recent notable projects include the parking garage in Miami Design-District, the FOM university building in Dusseldorf, Germany, a court building in Hasselt, Belgium, and various public and infrastructural buildings in Georgia, such as the airport in Mestia and the border crossing in Sarpi. The most prominent project is the internationally renowned Metropol Parasol, the re-design of the Plaza de la Encarnacion in Seville, Spain with its expansive sculptural wooden construction. Small-scale residential buildings have also gained international recognition, such as the Villa n.n.in Moscow, Dupli.Casa and Casa Morgana. A large number of projects are currently being realized, such as RKM 740 Tower: a high-rise residential building in Dusseldorf with medical practices and surgeries on the lower levels, the revitalization and expansion of an IT campus in Berlin Potsdam and Voltair, a hybrid building in downtown Berlin.
Gideon Fink Shapiro, Ph.D., is a New York-based critic and curator of architecture, landscape and urbanism. Bridging the worlds of history and contemporary design, his writing has been published in journals such as Architect, Domus, Next City, Places, The Architects Newspaper, The Avery Review, Yale Constructs, and Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. He collaborated with Robert A.M. Stern to write The New Residential Colleges at Yale: A Conversation Across Time (Monacelli, 2018) and he co-authored, with Aaron Betsky, 50 Lessons to Learn from Frank Lloyd Wright (Rizzoli, 2021). He also edited Re-Living the City (Actar, 2016) and the Domus Architecture Guide New York mobile app. He is currently working with 1014 to develop an exhibition on the past and future of 1014 Fifth Avenue as a hub for transatlantic cultural exchange.