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Coliving Design & Architecture in The Age of COVID-19

These are very challenging times for coliving design and coliving architecture, as well as design and architecture for shared spaces in general. In the past months we have all seen the world change dramatically.

What used to be considered normal social activities have now been banned due to lock-down. A Large proportion of the world’s population has been consigned to their homes, whether they be houses, apartments or shared living spaces.

Sleeping, eating and working in the same space, greatly reduced social interaction and limited access to the outside world have become the ‘new normal’.

2020 has been a year with unprecedented challenges, and so it will be 2021. How do we want to BE? How do we wish to move forward? We have explored these questions in our recent article about coliving in 2021 and beyond.

As we begin to live in this ‘new normal’ many in our societies both young and old are finding themselves physically isolated and missing human connection with their friends and families.

Societies are waking up like never before to the need for human connection and community in order to live fulfilled and happy lives – a much needed global co-creation where coliving design and design of shared spaces for wellbeing needs to play an important role.

Although many European countries have now hit the peak of cases and are beginning to re-open some parts of their society, a return to business-as-usual is likely to be out of the question until governments strategize how to best manage the virus. Additionally there is always the possibility of another virus in the future which could have similar impacts. As it is quite likely this is not a temporary blip, COVID 19 will have implications on the design of coliving spaces.

So what are these implications? Read the full article HERE.

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