“Dinner in the Street”: dining outdoors safely in the post-Covid city
Working closely with me, the two interns will have an opportunity to engage with a timely question engendered by the global pandemic: What is changing in our approach to the public realm, and how can we embrace these changes as positive forces in urban design. We will be working quickly on a time-sensitive challenge, in ways that bridge the conceptual thinking that characterizes architectural education with the pragmatic and pressing problem of a local economy in distress. The resulting proposal will incorporate suggested modifications to Ottawa’s zoning by-laws.
The project will benefit the partner organizations in two distinct ways: by showing them new modes of analytical and design expression by current students of architecture at Carleton, and by encouraging them to explore the post-Covid social contract of physical distancing in positive ways, through their own architectural practices, and through their agency in encouraging the City of Ottawa to modify its local codes.