Thursday, March 18, 2021

Leonardo da Vinci’s Pandemic Inspired Planning

Volume XX, Issue XI: Leonardo da Vinci City Planning

Leonardo da Vinci’s Pandemic Inspired Planning
And How it Might Help Us Today

By Bob Kirchman

In the years 1484 and 1485 the bubonic plague ravaged Milan. Though this was during the Renaissance, the city itself was Medieval in its plan with narrow streets crowded with a hodgepodge of shops, houses and other essential buildings. Sanitation was terrible and sunlight often never penetrated the narrow streets. The great Renaissance polymath saw this as a breeding ground for pestilence, and so he set to work to create a better city. In his notebooks he drew an open plan with wide spaces and canals – open to sunlight and with separation between passageways for freight and refuse and those for pedestrians. It was a first step towards modern city planning. (read more)