MAB20 Livecast #3 | Designing Restorative Environments: Moving Beyond COVID-19

MAB20 Livecast #3 | Designing Restorative Environments: Moving Beyond COVID-19

Date: 3 February, 2021
Time: 18:30 – 19:30 CET
Hosted and streamed by Pakhuis de Zwijger 

How can media-architecture in public space suggest radical perspectives as pathways to rebuild and redesign our Cities in the post-COVID-19 era?

With the arrival of vaccines’ distribution, a crucial momentum is here to rethink how we make our cities once COVID-19 is under control. Assuming, the pre-Covid trend of radical densification continuous, how could Spatial Projects and the perspective of Media-Architecture offer new ways to deal with an increased set of social challenges (inclusivity, diversity, unemployment) and ecological resilience?

The LiveCast is part of the Media Architecture Biennale 2020/2021, Future Implied. The LiveCast brings together a group of thinkers and do-ers who can help carve out new perspectives and radical solutions for the monumental endeavours that await our Cities. Media Architecture is operated as a medium to address contemporary challenges and lay the groundwork for the future of urban communities’ well-being.

This LiveCast takes on the concept of restorative environments, a concept borrowed from environmental psychology. This concept might offer a rich nucleus built on the biological notion that each organism needs to recharge regularly – physically, socially, mentally and physiologically. What if we consider our cities as restorative environments – and Media Architecture as a medium? What possible futures could be provoked?



  • Maria Aiolova is an educator, designer, and community builder in New York City. She is an innovator in ecological design, smart cities, and sustainable urban infrastructure. 

  • Ben Hooker is a multimedia designer, artist, and educator who exhibits and teaches internationally. He is Professor in Art Center College of Design’s Media Design Practices graduate program. 

  • Usman Haque is founding partner and creative director of Umbrellium, developing urban technologies that support citizen empowerment and high-impact engagement in cities, and, a search engine for the Internet of Things. 



  • Frank Suurenbroek is a Professor of Spatial Urban Transformation at the Faculty of Technology at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). Frank is also a member of the Executive Committee of MAB20.

  • Indira van ’t Klooster is the director of ARCAM. She is also founder and editor-in-chief of A10 new European architecture Cooperative.


Watch the full livecast below:


This Live cast is organized by Pakhuis de Zwijger and The Media Architecture Biennale 20

Photo Credit: Maggie Chan, courtesy of Public Visualization Studio