How COVID-19 Will Change the Built Environment

ID Collaborative blog post

These days, as most of us shelter in place, it is hard not to pay more attention to the physical spaces we inhabit. Many in the design community are reevaluating what it means to continue designing for a world that will never be the same with regards to how we gather and use large public spaces. Experts in the industry predict, technology will move more toward, with automation instead of touch to help eliminate the spread of germs. The addition of more hand-washing stations and touch-less payment options are just a few ways to keep large gathering places safer. Self-cleaning restrooms are also on the horizon, in addition to the increase in use of antibacterial fabrics and finishes. Healthcare grade construction standards might also find their way into other large public spaces. While social distancing is a temporary action, the fear of future viruses may encourage architects and designers to design with more open spaces in mind that make it possible for people to spread out.

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