Architectural Response Towards the Coronavirus Disease (COVID19) as a Catalyst for National Security in Nigeria.

Ebere Okonta, Emeka Okonta, Uchechi Ohaemenyi

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Epidemics either occurring naturally, for example, the coronavirus or in the form of intentionally released agents (e.g., biological warfare or bioterrorism), research has demonstrated that acute and chronic changes in health status have direct and indirect impacts on security and that epidemics may lead to destabilization, political unrest, civil disorder or long-term deterioration of the economic viability of a country or region.This study examines the global pandemic; Coronavirus within the context of its effect on national security and assesses measures architects can follow to shape cities through responsive designs using both architecture and urban strategic planning as tools for both the virus containment and treatment. To pursue this goal, an intensive literature review on global pandemic and the Coronavirus, their impact on national security was conducted alongside distilling responsive measures from case studies of forms, systems, and components to meet the study objectives. Architects should design buildings in such a way they could be reused to meet the demands of emergency facilities during a pandemic, SmartCities and technological driven apartments will help minimize contacts with persons in a case of a global pandemic, increased discussions, harmonization’s of code and policies between health professionals and professionals in the construction industry, decentralization of the urban centres will help reduce automobile dependency and so on. The need for increased discussions between various stakeholders (e.g., in the health sector, military, governmental and non-governmental organizations, professionals in the building industry) as it pertains to providing higher liveability in our cities will help to combat future epidemics if they occur.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArchitects Colloquium 2021
Subtitle of host publicationArchitecture and the National Development Agenda XIII
Place of PublicationAbuja, Nigeria
Publication statusPublished - 9 Aug 2021


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