The COVID City Edition
The Journal of Urban Design and Mental Health covers are curated and designed by Erin Sharp Newton, a UD/MH Fellow and Behavioral Health Design Leader at NK Architects in the USA. Erin is acclaimed for her advocacy for improvements in business and in the built environment to support better mental health. Her work has been exhibited at the Milano Trienalle, at the Milan Design Fair, and the Royal College of Physicians in London, amongst others.
Her accompanying acrostic poem conceptualises her ideas behind the COVID City cover design.
Unlike any other unlikeable moment,
Banished to seclusion.
An aerial looking down at empty city.
No people on the streets, establishments unoccupied.
Designing solutions for living with a pandemic,
East to West, North to South,
Six feet of separation.
Isolated in countless apartments on countless floors,
No one unscathed.
Educational environments collecting dust,
New platforms for study and for work
Toilet paper hoarding.
Architecture of COVID-19,
Learning to live with new limits.
Happy playgrounds closed off,
Environmental pollution dissipating,
Adapting socialization to new constraints.
Together and apart,
Holding on for the Vaccine.