Quickly Interactive Healing Installations Nurture Resilient Communities After the Covid-19 Pandemic

Conference: The Barcelona Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (BAMC2022)
Title: Quickly Interactive Healing Installations Nurture Resilient Communities After the Covid-19 Pandemic
Stream: Aesthetics and Design
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation
Tanhao Gao, Tongji University, China
Lili Zheng, Universidad de Barcelona, Spain
Hongtao Zhou, Tongji University, China


The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented trauma in physical, mental, social, and cultural life worldwide. In addition to the visible economic losses, the psychological pressure burdened by citizens is also worthy of emphasis. Unlike physical discomfort, people will naturally carry out consultations and take medicine. However, the vast majority of the residents who suffer from psychologically traumatize often choose to endure it silently because of the inherent social prejudice pressure, which further leads to more fragile psychological defense lines, and finally forms a vicious circle. People with severe psychological stress inhabit every space in the city, so traditional psychological clinics or healing centers can no longer play an influential role.
Therefore, from the perspective of environmental design and public space renewal, finding a series of design strategies that cover more city dimensions and contain emotional healing effects has significant value and social influence in the post-COVID-19 pandemic era. This paper shows a series of diagrams to illustrate the negative psychological impact of the pandemic, then analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of existing healing centers and parks. Furthermore, the paper shows how environmental designers from different nations combat social distancing and alienation. Based on various case studies, combined with practical bottlenecks and future potential, a series of design strategies are proposed to nurture resilient communities in the post-COVID-19 era. Finally, this paper demonstrates a quickly interactive installation to transfer a more comprehensive and visual approach that verifies the implementation ability of the design strategies.

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