Dean Tom Fisher (Architecture) has written an essay, entitled "Viral Cities," for the online journal Places. Fisher writes "... the metaphor of the digital virus can help us understand, in new ways, the growing threat of actual viruses in the real world. Rapidly rising human populations living in increasingly unsanitary conditions, combined with transcontinental air travel, have greatly increased the likelihood of a viral pandemic -- one that would affect daily life and the global economy in profound ways."
Fisher goes on to advocate approaching urban design and architecture with pandemics in mind. Taking that approach "will make our cities healthier and more sustainable," Fisher writes.