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8 Ways COVID-19 Will Change Architecture

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Looking to respond constructively to the COVID-19 pandemic, many architects have turned to what they know best: design and innovation. The new restrictions placed on society have been a catalyst to rethink much of what we take for granted in the built environment. The way the world has adapted to this new lifestyle may forecast new normals following the COVID-19 outbreak.


Though we can’t say exactly what the future will look like, we can examine current trends, tactics and concepts that have played huge roles during the pandemic. The following trends may have long lasting impacts on the way cities are designed.


1. A shift away from large city offices

2. Decrease in car reliance

3. New forms of public space

4. New restaurant layouts

5. An increase in modular construction

6. An increasing reliance on adaptive reuse

7. New innovations in lightweight architecture

8. Flexible building design


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