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Coronavirus crisis: What now for schools and offices?


In my opinion I think Michael Squire is closer to the truth. The same offices but fewer occupants due to more home-working, less working hours and shift working for offices with be the cost effective solution. For other workplaces fewer people due to increased automation and increased productivity is the cost effective solution. The difficult one is schools, UNLESS there is scientific evidence that proves children get the disease less and do not spread it to others. But it that may not ever appear distance learning has to become more common. The only issue is whether that it at home or 'managed' within community spaces to allow parents to work. Only if social distancing is going to have continue for years is it going to impact much on architectural design other than giving more consideration to circulation spaces rather than enforced minimisation to please the bean counters. Hopefully the pandemic can be used as a reason to enforce the use of chartered/registered professionals to design buildings and making the National Space Standards mandatory for ALL dwellings whether new or converted/renovated. But I doubt either will happen.

Posted date

26 May, 2020

Posted time

8:33 am