How will COVID-19 shape the Future of Architecture?
AEC companies are used to cyclical shifts, both in terms of economic downturns and cognitive trends, but the speed and intensity with which COVID-19 has struck has been unprecedented. A daunting task lies ahead of AEC industry, to restructure itself and adapt to the changing requirements.
The below article will highlight the new dimensions that AEC companies are expecting to change in the Post COVID reality.
While the architectural and construction industry has comparatively weathered the pandemic better compared to some of the other industries such as hospitality, retail, tourism, etc., it is exactly not all good either. Many governments deemed construction and its related activities as non-essential and put the activities on hold, some governments allowed the activities with many restrictions and guidelines in place. Due to this, many architects and contractors have turned towards modern technology to keep things rolling. Adopting BIM Architectural Servicesin the workflow has increased and this, along with other modern technologies are tremendously helping construction process and shaping up a new future for the industry.
80% of infectious diseases are spread by touching contaminated surfaces, which has led to a highted awareness of public surfaces accessed during the course of the day. Newer constructions will henceforth focus on density reduction, proper ventilation, physical barriers and functionality. In many workplaces, new regulations will also require staggered desks, moveable partitions to divide up open floor plans or screens between counters, which will alter the specific layout of the offices.
With flexible working here to stay, offices business owners might find that even though there are less employees at the office, the actual space occupied per employee has increased. This significantly modifies the idea of “compactness” that was predominant in various workspaces.
3. Self-Sustaining Housing
During the initial stages of pandemic, one of the prominent issues especially in the US was food shortage which has resulted in renewed interest in self-sufficiency. Built-in water collection and filtration, attached greenhouses for organic food production, intelligent kitchen to aid with nutrition and solar panels are all going to be the new necessity.
One of the outcomes can be a change in the topology of housing, perhaps bringing an end to the age of high rises, of vertical living where one house was stacked on top of another, separated only by bricks and steel. People will aspire to get out of the crowded cities, look more towards suburban living where they can also find bigger and larger housing opportunities.
One of the more prominent outcomes of this pandemic has been that we can’t operate in silos, shared trends and development across regions are the answer. Apart from Architectural BIM Services, AEC companies will explore ways in which they can adapt technologies from other fields like laboratories and innovative start-ups. UV lighting disinfection and bipolar ionization might be used to deactivate bacteria and viruses in larger areas. Designers will be focusing on how they can make “touchless” environments and will aim to implement censor taps, automated doors and cell phone-controlled lifts. At the same time where the contact is inevitable, they would rethink the material these surfaces are made of.
Some of the extreme measures might be temporary but at the same time, the way humans function has been significantly transformed and they may not exactly bounce back. But perhaps, the resilience of Architecture lies in the fact that it can be shaped according to the necessity. The solution to the living in the Post-Covid world might just be a well-designed and a thoughtful community!
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