As highlighted in my previous post, lockdown measures are very harmful to society and do not seem to have much effect to stop the spread of the coronavirus. It is not a choice between the economy and our health. A healthy economy allows us to pay for good healthcare: a large economic crash means thousands of people will die. Both directly from anxiety, overdose and suicide, as well as indirectly: hazards and diseases for which we no longer have the funds to prevent or treat. In poorer countries some people are already starving.
The idea of quarantine is locking up sick people, so that the healthy population can continue to produce food and provide for their families and society at large. Only in Sweden that concept was successfully applied.
Now many power hungry governments are trying to introduce a ‘new normal’ of permanent social distancing. Simple math will tell you that that is impossible to maintain: if you are to keep 1,5 meters distance from other people, you will need at least four times as much public space – everywhere! Classrooms, buses, trains, planes, cinema, restaurants, waiting rooms, et cetera.
Not only is it impossible, it is unnecessary. Now that we have the facts, we know that the coronavirus is not more deadly than other type of flu – for young people it is less deadly than the last major flu epidemic of 2017/18. Only those over 70 and/or those with pre-existing health conditions should take precautions, and can do so on their own accord – the way it is done in Sweden:
People who don’t fall into those categories will simply have to man-up and face facts: life comes with risks, and in the end we all die. Meanwhile, let’s continue our lives without fear!
Tired of hearing the same fear based arguments, I made this T-shirt design, which you can download for free and print for yourself:
Even though most of the world has closed down in response to the coronavirus, flights are still leaving to a few destinations. Last week I went to Mexico City leaving from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. What’s it like to fly when the whole world is in fear? And how do they deal with the coronavirus in one of the biggest cities in the world? Continue reading “All aboard flight Covid-19”
Is it possible to restore nature, not as a charity, but as a profitable investment? For many years, living in the interior of Panama, watching virgin forests disappear before my eyes, I contemplated this challenging problem. And I believe to have found the solution. Not production forests or vague CO2 schemes, but a real way to restore nature, benefiting the local population as well as your wallet.
The secret lies in making nature a product that can be bought with the same ease as buying a can of soda, for roughly the same price. This might sound horrible to idealistic minded people, but think about it for a minute: if people can buy a piece of rain-forest by phone, from the comforts of their own home, for just a few dollars, how many people would be willing to do so?
How about we take it a step further, and make it resalable too? It would make nature a real and tangible commodity, and give it value. For what is nature right now? Just an abstraction. Valuable in our collective conscience but not in the real world. Mankind has a terrible track record protecting it. Mowgli will change that.
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A few weeks ago I left Malta to try my luck somewhere else. I would have loved to organize the event I intended to hold, a conference regarding Maltese contemporary architecture (or rather lack thereof), however circumstances do not allow me to pursue such an interesting but unprofitable venture. I would like to thank the people who offered their help with organizing it: Norbert Attard, Narcy Calamatta and Eduard Duca. Their support gave me really warm feelings towards Malta.
In order to repay the favour I’ll share with you some observations regarding the problems of Maltese developments and offer suggestions for change.
Continue reading “Architecture and development of Malta”
Several months ago I came across a product called aircrete or foamcrete. It has been around for a few decades but as of today has mostly been used as an insulation material, while its potential for construction has yet to be fully appreciated.
Aircrete is basically mortar filled with air; sand, cement and a foaming agent ~ a type of soap. Special mixing equipment is required to make it but the process is not high-tech, just different from mixing concrete or mortar the conventional way.
Continue reading “Aircrete”
Thus far I have designed and built three buildings, which are, for reasons of budget constraints and inexperience, not as spectacular as I would have liked them to be. Nevertheless I am very proud of how my hotel turned out to be, and I know I am capable of designing buildings that are truly special. Continue reading “Architectural influences”