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How the Coronavirus is reshaping how we design our spaces

  • by JW

“We have arrived at a new juncture of disease and architecture, where fear of contamination controls what kinds of spaces we want to be in.”


Whether it’s how we design our office space or our eating places:

Redesigning our spaces after the coronavirus – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Or our homes or our townscapes – we will have to be doing a lot of rethinking:

Redesigning our spaces after the coronavirus: part two – Vision Group for Sidmouth


Earlier in the summer, the New Yorker looked at “How the Coronavirus Will Reshape Architecture” and our domestic, office and city spaces:


What kinds of space are we willing to live and work in now?

n 1933, the Finnish architect and designer Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto, along with his first wife, Aino, completed the Paimio Sanatorium, a facility for the treatment of tuberculosis in southwest Finland. The building is rigidly geometric, with long walls of expansive windows wrapping its façade, light-colored rooms, and a wide roof terrace with railings like the ones on cruise ships—all the hallmarks of what we now know as modernist architecture, which emerged in the twenties from the work of the Bauhaus, in Germany, and Le Corbusier, in France…

In recent months, we have arrived at a new juncture of disease and architecture, where fear of contamination again controls what kinds of spaces we want to be in. As tuberculosis shaped modernism, so covid-19 and our collective experience of staying inside for months on end will influence architecture’s near future…

How the Coronavirus Will Reshape Architecture | The New Yorker


And there have been a host of pieces in the general and specialist press these last couple of weeks.

We must rethink how we design our homes for the elderly:

Architecture of Edinburgh care home a ‘secret weapon’ in virus control – Scottish Construction Now

Eating outside is of course easier in the Mediterranean – but there are lessons to be taken away:

Salon Alper Derinbogaz designs “pandemic resistant” office for Istanbul

Circulating old air is not good for us – so we need to literally think outside the box:

The architecture of heat: how we built before air-con | Financial Times      (Pay wall) Information about buildings in hot countries.

More green spaces will be necessary:

How Cities Can Add Accessible Green Space in a Post-Coronavirus World — Living Architecture Monitor

“The pandemic may have long-lasting design impacts, but we still need sociable and walkable places”:

Thoughts About Urbanism and Architecture in the Face of COVID-19 – Streetsblog Los Angeles

And many of these ideas will impact house-building:

Coronavirus experience could ‘change home design forever’, says architect – kbbreview

Four Considerations Architects Will Need to Make When Designing Post-COVID Homes | Architectural Digest


photo: Corona Coronavirus Experiments – Free image on Pixabay