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The Manual of Physical Distancing makes legible through newly produced architectural drawings the scientific research and the spatial / urban issues related to Covid-19. The goal of this project was to use architectural tools to provide clear information to the public about the complex science and issues related to the pandemic. This work was made available free to the public starting in May 2020. It was a live document, which was adjusted as new data and research was unveiled throughout the summer. This now 211-page manual provides accessible graphics to understand the challenges of living in the time of Covid-19, from interiors to urban space. In addition to visualizing the science related to the virus, it provides an assessment of how and why historic pandemics have effected cities and architecture. Using New York as a test case, the manual also explored the potential ways that cities might capitalize on the transformations to the public streetscapes demanded by this pandemic for longer term benefits.


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