For decades, global crises have had a direct impact on the way things are designed, from vehicles to offices. The world has had to adapt to evolving needs time and time again, and this year is no different.
Although the ongoing health, political and climate crises have left a fog of uncertainty over the world, designers are working tenfold to create spaces that will aid in keeping people safe and healthy.
For instance, many urban planners have shifted their focus to public outdoor spaces as research has found that COVID-19 is increasingly difficult to transfer outdoors.
Now, many cities have created more bike lanes, widened sidewalks and in some areas, have closed down streets to make room for other forms of transportation.
Additionally, the pandemic has accelerated the demand for sustainable, autonomous vehicles. As commutes dwindle down, these vehicles have become a new solution to the ever growing climate issue and help cut down on carbon emissions.
One of the biggest design changes is the workplace. Once upon a time, offices operated with an open layout featuring numerous shared amenities.
Now, due to health and safety concerns, companies are opting for more individual spaces to keep occupants safe, as well as increase sanitation protocols.
Along with this, there has been an increased emphasis on the well-being of workers, leading organizations to bring in more natural light, fresh air flow and wellness programs to ensure that workers are mentally healthy during these stressful times.