THE NEW NORMAL - Non Architecture

THE NEW NORMAL

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Mon, Jun 08, 2020

With the lock-down slowly easing, we are experiencing new ways of living, making, working, relaxing. Some changes are striking and surreal, others we almost don’t notice, as we enter the New Normal.

Is this new reality going to stay and determine structural changes? Is it just a transition period? Will anything ever be the same?

1. OFFICES
The most evident changes are happening in the workplace. New ways of working and collaborating are being experimented, and so new spaces for these dynamics to happen. As designers we are facing a DOUBLE CHALLENGE, to change our work environment as well as envisioning the change for our clients.

2. HOTELS
The Hospitality sector has been very affected by the quarantine and social-distancing norm. THE MANSER PRACTICE has published an intriguing concept for how hotels can adopt new design solutions and technologies, setting the business to a new course.

3. CO-LIVING
Co-living solutions have been impacted in unpredictable ways, starting from deciding suddenly whether to LIVE TOGETHER as a couple, to how to handle COMMUNAL LIVING. These experiences are actually showing us that it is possible to live together, be careful and still maintain the connectivity at the very core of their identity.

4. MENTAL HEALTH
The quarantine have had undeniable consequences on the mental health of many people, including architects and designers. The results of RIBA’S SURVEY are concerning yet enlightening, showing a problem already very present in our profession that is today reaching new levels. It’s important to talk about these issues and find solutions, promoting a new life-work balance to start with.

5. HUMAN TOUCH
This has been the longest time we have experienced lack of personal contact, exposing needs and dynamics we were not aware of. We are more careful as we move in our cities, in our circles. Will these new habits CHANGE THE WAY WE EXPERIENCE human contact in the long run?

6. ARCHITECTURE EDUCATION
TELEARCHITETTURA is an interesting research project created by a group of italian professors of architecture and dedicated to how remote teaching and technology are changing architectural practice.

And what about groceries shopping and the Supermarket experience? We have you covered!
The amazing results of our 48H FLOORPLAN CHALLENGE are published on our socials and on our Journal. Thank you to all the participants!

The RE-DRAW.01 CASA DA MÚSICA Book is officially on sale! And please check the results for our RE-DRAW.02 GUGGENHEIM competition.

Early Registration period is closing on June the 14th for both our competitions, HEALING – ALTERNATIVE DESIGNS FOR QUARANTINE CITIES and SOCIAL DISTANCING HOUSING BLOCK, while the Regular Registration period will open on June 15th until July the 18th.

Let’s build the New Normal together!
Veronica

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