Designing for a pandemic:towards recovery and resilience

Mullagh, Louise and Cooper, Rachel and Thomas, Lisa and Sacks, Justin and Jacobs, Naomi and Lloyd Jones, Peter (2021) Designing for a pandemic:towards recovery and resilience. Strategic Design Research Journal, 14 (1). pp. 161-174. ISSN 1984-2988

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Abstract

Design is recognized as a discipline that is ideally placed to work across boundaries to tackle wicked problems and help cope with uncertainty. As humanity continues to become more interconnected it is thought that we are becoming more exposed to viruses such as COVID-19. Therefore, the current pandemic offers us opportunities to re-think and re-design many of our practices to ensure we are resilient in future similar crises . Through the creation and analysis of a database that captures design interventions that have emerged during the pandemic, the paper considers the role design can play in collectively recovering from the current pandemic and building resilience for the future. Whilst the findings represent the beginning of this process, (from late March until June 2020) we find that design has been deployed in a wide range of ways and on all scales, from the personal, communal, organizational, national and international. However, as we live through and emerge from the pandemic we should reflect, within the realm of design research and beyond, on how we might harness design to enable recovery and build resilience for the future.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Strategic Design Research Journal
ID Code:
152783
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Deposited On:
15 Mar 2021 14:35
Refereed?:
Yes
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Published
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08 Dec 2021 09:36