The world is turned upside down, the streets are empty. Behind this seeming tranquillity, there is a storm raging through our values and structures. This gives us the space to think about a complete ‘reset’. How can we restructure existing dysfunctional systems? In this new series, we will showcase the perspectives of a variety of thought leaders who will reflect on this present-day situation. Through the lens of their own area of expertise and with an emphasis on the Creative Industry. The corona crisis is, without a doubt, a crisis that is leaving behind a trail of victims. But which transformations will we be left within the aftermath? During these times, it is the creatives who can visualise new scenarios and through hypothesising can develop new insights into our future.
Lyongo Juliana, director of OZ Caribbean, fell in love with Architecture when he was a student in Architectural Engineering at TU/Eindhoven. For Lyongo, architecture is not just about making locations more beautiful and in balance, it is about creating a people’s experience. As the first Architect in Residence (AiR) of 2020 at ARCAM Architecture Centre Amsterdam, today he is investigating the degree of diversity and inclusiveness of architecture in Amsterdam. Lyongo hopes to plant the first seed in the process of creating a broader cultural perspective within the architectural world. Now our city is facing a pandemic that comes with its own set of challenges which forced everyone to stay inside, the pressure on our public space will increase now we are slowly allowed to leave our homes again. How can architecture and urban design contribute to a living environment in which all Amsterdam citizens recognise themselves and feel at home?
Alejandro Echeverri is the co-founder and Director of URBAM, the Center for Urban and Environmental Studies at EAFIT University in Medellín (Colombia), and a Loeb Fellow from Harvard GSD. His experience combines architectural, urban, environmental projects, and planning. Alejandro believes in the ethical responsibility of designers to contribute towards a better society. Between 2004 and 2008, while working for the Municipality of Medellín, he led the Social Urbanism strategy to improve the city’s most impoverished neighbourhoods by ‘social urbanism’, making Medellín a blueprint for the future for other distressed cities worldwide. He is also active in design through his studio Alejandro Echeverri + Valencia Architects, focusing on projects with low environmental impact for tropic regions.