Spatial Implications of COVID-19

Summer 2020 Independent Study | Professor: Nida Rehman

This project contributes to the Spaces of Containment and Care project by N. Rehman as a part of the Center for the Arts in Society (CAS) borderline initiative.

More than 5.5 million cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed globally, and more than 325,000 people have passed away due to this pandemic. Without a vaccine for COVID-19, space play a large role as spatial responses and epidemic countermeasures — enabling different formations of quarantine, social distancing, and isolation.

How do public health regulations and policies issued at various governmental scales translate into spatial implementations?

What are the cultural variations that arise?

To answer these questions, 3 cities were analyzed and compared to the guidelines provided by the World Health Organization. The 3 cities were New York City, Mumbai, and Hong Kong. More than 10 cities were considered, and the geographical, climatic, economic, political, and cultural contexts were all taken into consideration. Also due to potential language constraints, these 3 cities were chosen to be analyzed. Further analysis for other locations could be pursued at a later time.