Twenty of the world’s leading archietcts and designers gave us their views on how the coronavirus pandemic has changed the world.
One year ago today, the World Health Organisation officially declared coronavirus a global pandemic. Twenty of the world’s leading designers, including Thomas Heatherwick, Kelly Hoppen and Sevil Peach, gave us their views on how it has changed the world.
The pandemic has been the most dramatic disruption to human activity in a generation. For many designers, it has been a time to refocus and rethink how we design products, buildings and cities.
“It has challenged us to reassess the ‘old normals’ that we had based and organised our lives around,” explained interior designer Peach.
“Coronavirus has sounded an alarm”
This includes paying more attention to the environment and the impact that humans are having on the Earth.
“The coronavirus has sounded an alarm,” said Sun Dayong, founding partner of architecture studio Penda, “in effect, reminding people to care for the earth and the environment.”
Many of the designers were positive that the pandemic will lead to change, with more focus placed on people.
“It has made us value space and air, said Sarah Wigglesworth, founder of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. “Hopefully, it has reorientated our focus on the fact that buildings are about people.”
“Disasters have been catalysts for major changes in architecture”
Designer Heatherwick agreed: “We’ve seen before that disasters have been catalysts for major changes in architecture.”
“So I hope the real positive legacy of this terrible pandemic will be a realisation that there’s no longer a place for yet more lazy soulless developments and buildings.”
To make these changes, Off-White founder Virgil Abloh believes that designers will need to be adaptable.
“The pandemic, to me, exposed the need for businesses, designers, creators, even entire countries, to be able to adapt,” he said.
“The structure of the city is bound to change”
The architects and designers believe that the pandemic will have a lasting impact on our cities, with Lina Ghotmeh telling Dezeen: “The structure of the city is more than any time, bound to change.”
Nikoline Dyrup Carlsen, co-founder of Spacon & X, agreed that cities are changing, observing that people are moving out of Copenhagen “to be closer to nature”.
“This will definitely reframe how we approach design and architecture in urban as well as in natural surroundings,” she said.
Many of the designers believe that the pandemic may provide the impetus to create better public spaces in our cities.
Read on >>> Source: Dezeen 20 designers share their thoughts on the global impact of Covid-19