For the last decade, BLDGBLOG writer Geoff Manaugh and New Yorker contributor Nicola Twilley have been researching a book on the history and future of facilities dedicated to quarantining people during disease outbreaks worldwide. Set to be published next spring by MCD (a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Manaugh and Twilley had no idea how timely their project would be—or that they would be finishing the book while themselves under quarantine in their Los Angeles home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, at the beginning of the national lockdown, ARCHITECT contributor Karrie Jacobs spoke with Manaugh and Twilley about their research, how the architecture of quarantine spaces will change going forward, and how architects can play a role in designing for disease control in the built environment.
To see more images of historic quarantine facilities from Manaugh and Twilley's research, visit the edited version of this interview, "The Architecture of Quarantine is no Longer a Thing of the Past," which ran in March 2020.
To read more about how architecture firms helped convert facilities like the Javits Center in New York to emergency field hospitals, read former ARCHITECT senior associate editor Katharine Keane's article entitled "These Architects Are Addressing COVID-19 Health Care Infrastructure Capacity."
This podcast episode was produced by Katie Gerfen, Ned Cramer, Assoc. AIA, and Rob Grauert.