Social Distance

gta papers 5
Social Distance

2021. 21 × 29,7 cm, softcover
Circa 150 pages, 70 illustrations
ISBN 978-3-85676-415-9
CHF 25.00 / EUR 25.00

Edited by Adam Jasper
Contributions by Annmarie Adams, Gregorio Astengo, Didem Ekici, Caroline A. Jones, Anne Kockelkorn, Reinhold Martin, Stanislaus von Moos, Anna Myjak-Pycia, Laila Seewang, Lydia Xynogala und anderen
Designed by büro uebele


The term ‘social distance’ was once only a vague metaphor to describe the relationship between different social groups. Yet it has acquired a precise meaning as the mandatory minimum distance for face-to-face interactions: 1, 1.5, or 2 metres (or 6 feet), depending on the jurisdiction. But what is the appropriate distance from which to interpret a pandemic? Rather than asserting a diagnosis of the con­tem­porary emergency, the issue Social Distance offers perspectives from archi­tectural history and theory. From the great plague of Venice to cholera in the indus­trializing city, from the human placenta to the 1960s bubble or the office of today, the fifth gta papers provides a broad range of reflections on contagion, disease, and health.

Forthcoming in spring 2021

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