The Covid-19 pandemic has a massive impact on how we live our daily routine and social life. In the course of the pandemic we saw what was impossible once; has suddenly become possible. We find ourselves in a position where we have to reconsider everything to fight the threat. If the quarantine has brought something positive into our lives, it is the opportunity to rearrange our daily routines and take up new activities that we did not have time before. It is time to rethink our life and subsistence. How will we adjust to these challenging times?


As offices are shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, working from the dining table became the new normal. This provides an awareness of yearning to be worked together. As the world is slowly getting back to routines, everyone is adapting to new realities. Imposing drastic adjustments to our lives, the coronavirus has introduced a “new normal”, changing our perceptions and altering our priorities. What will the new normal look like? Now is the time to find out!


A global pandemic can change the way you look at things. As most places are closed nowadays, people stay at homes and maintain social distancing. We have found ourselves in search of new rules and rituals that should emphasize to every space.


It is crucial for us to be able to interact with nature within public spaces like the parks. They provide opportunities for the community to engage and socialize with each other as well as they accommodate different entertainment and leisure activities such as picnics,concerts or sports events. The point is, public spaces such as parks are a fundamental part of how we socialise while keeping distance. Park designs will be impacted by coronavirus pandemic. For a quick solution, the grass of parks in everywhere in the world has been painted with white circles to encourage the public to stay within a safe distance to each other during this period.


 

As everybody around the world face the realities of self-isolation, we are waiting for a new beginning. Some architecture studios have outlined how hotels could be adapted to allow social distancing when they reopen and how future designs will be impacted by coronavirus pandemic.


Hotels will be adapted to minimise the interaction between staff and guests with replaced by touchless check-in and using smartphones. To reduce the contact between guests in existing hotels, it should be one-way systems in the corridors. In the long term, it is believed that this term will impact how space is locate in hotels, with comfortably spacious rooms and a reduction in facilities like conference rooms and gyms. Lifts present the biggest challenge; sharing a space with strangers even with masks, will be hard. It is inevitable that Maybe more lift might be helpful but a creative re-thinking is needed.


At any time drinking and eating together is a way to connect people. Nowadays it is a rapidly changing context. What are the challenges facing the food and beverage sectors now? In the given circumstances for restaurants, lots of designer have proposed a concept to help to allow diners after the pandemic. As an extreme example one of them a French designer Christophe Gernigon has designed suspended plexiglass hoods intended to have dinner together. Shaped like large lampshades, the transparent Plex’eat hoods would be suspended above tables. People sit next to each other with the hoods potentially reducing the risk of airborne infection. Tables should be spread out to meet the recommeded two meters spacing. Higher barriers may also provide an alternative to the necessary distancing rule.


When you close your eyes for a moment and imagine the perfect workplace environment. How good is your dream? Or how is your prediction of post-Covid19 offices might look like? Before the pandemic times, many of us used to spend more time at the offices and also see colleagues more than families. Therefore, offices can be considered to be our second home. In these days, many architecture offices and research groups are redefining our workplaces. A London-based architecture studio has outlined redesign strategies for offices, with transparent screens around desks and hand-free doors to allow employees to safely return to their offices following this term.

 

It is critical that everyone maintains the distance between each other so setting a transparent separator on every working table is a basic solution. Meetings should be placed in open areas rather than enclosed meeting rooms as far as possible. Windows can be open during the working hours to increase ventilation. Installing voice activation or hands-free controls that reduce the need to contact commonly touched items is important. Removing rubbish bins from individual desks and replace them with a communal location is needed. Instead of meeting into the lunchroom, co-workers should use the room at different times.


Some of us feel great about moving out of the home and getting back to kind of normality but some of us concerns about it. We all need to be mindful and get used to a new level of flexible working. All of these examples are given to be an idea for everybody’s self “new normal”. Certainly, there will be more researches and ideas deeply. Future will change, whether we focus on it or not. So this strange time presents us an opportunity. Let’s keep distancing and seize these special moments.


written by Hande Gönüllü