How will COVID-19 shape the future of Architecture?

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the perspective of how people used to look at the world. Most of the countries are on lockdown, and people are bound to stay at home. This indefinite period of stay at home has given us ample amount of time to think about what is wrong with the system, and the answer is none other than us. Nature is blooming outside when people are caged inside. 

Being architects, the only one qualified to give the world a better infrastructure; the responsibility suddenly adds to our shoulders to think and rethink the process of the formation of a lot of things. The urban fabric, the work culture, the rural areas, the transit developments, and a lot more to add to the list, the pandemic has transformed the future of architects.

While we are blessed to be born in a tech-driven era that we are sitting at home, surviving the lockdown, and still have a connection to the world. The offices are running fine by meeting at skype, the students have been promoted and moving on with their lectures at the digital platforms, and the news is just a click away. This sudden pause in the ever-flowing world has imposed a quick rethought in the process of changing and creating the future for the coming generations. Let’s explore the impact of Covid-19 on the architecture of the future and the way it has begun to change the way around the world.

The uncertainty of the future has made it difficult to look past the next few weeks, but as they say, you have no silver linings if you don’t get shadowed by the clouds. When this pandemic is over haunting us, we will have the space to reflect on how the industry can be more resilient. One of the significant challenges that architects are facing right now is the sudden change in work culture. To intersect this, several factors will be addressed, such as more resilience to physical disruption, easy and light softwares to switch our work into, the thought behind the spaces we design, the acceptance and adaptation of remote working, the changes for residential design, creating living environment in the smaller squares sewed into urban fabric.

The world is releasing and gaining new perspectives, and this will lead to a gradual shift in the priorities of all of us. People will have new considerations, new reflections, and new perceptions regarding the emerging space, and there will be more questions behind the psychology of the design. Our readiness to face coming obstacles by reevaluating the emergency responses, environment’s resilience and adaptability, will define the architecture of the future.

The relationship between design and working conditions will be gauged more. The long hours and unhealthy work conditions that continued to be perpetuated might see a full stop.

Apart from the shift in the thought process, the architecture post-Covid-19 will look out more for energy efficiency and sustainability, regardless of the complexity of the structure. The high rise centers comprised mostly of the three most energy-consuming materials- steel, concrete, and glass may see a transformation by adapting to the vulnerable materials and more thought-raising interiors.

Another primary sector looking for significant reform is residential spaces. Spending so much of our time indoors has called up for some significant transformations the area is lurking for. More recreational spaces would be appreciated to surround urban life. The town planning for the vehicle dependent cities might see a significant shift towards decentralization as a matter of fact for ‘social distancing’ and less ‘mass interaction.’

The fascinating thing about the idea of creation and the luxury of change is that it never follows the same pattern. Architecture takes time to evolve, and this time will be no different. The trend remains distinct, but it will slow down to integrate into its context. Indeed, the design of offices, homes, cities, streets, parks, transportation modes, etc. will be reconsidered, and a lot of trends will emerge shortly. The long process of alterations lies ahead of us, and changes are already underway. It would no longer be about just creating buildings but to teach critical thinking and the ability to imagine new futures. Architecture, in one way or the other, will continue to find ways to build new frameworks for living, to reflect the larger values of local communities, to rise better together, and to address and solve the significant issues of the time.

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