By Anne-Frances Hutchinson
Our living environments have long been shaped in response to the aftermath of disease. From the bubonic plague, cholera, tuberculosis and influenza to Ebola, MERS, and H1N1, we have continually reimagined the built environment and made changes to keep us safer, healthier, and better prepared to survive whatever inevitable shockwave will come next. COVID-19 is the world’s latest design accelerator, pushing our relationship with technology into new realms.
We are already seeing shifts in the U.S. real estate market. The demand for the open concept home is on the wane, in favor of houses that can be partitioned for different needs: a pantry becomes an office; the sofa is for networking, team building, and naps; and the open concept congregate style that has dominated new home designs in recent years is declining in popularity as buyers look for more traditional layouts that encourage