The ongoing health, human, and economic impacts of the pandemic have forever changed how we design our environments — from creating places that enrich our communities in times of health, to spaces that shift their focus in times of crisis. A handful of industries disproportionately impact human health, and they are all in a period of profound transformation. Now more than ever, these industries — Healthcare, Sciences, Senior Living, and Wellness — are hungry for new ideas and an understanding of how they can play out in the physical and digital realms. The best solutions are the ones that improve access to care, ignite discovery, and reshape our cities to address a renewed focus on global health and wellness.
The COVID-19 pandemic has been a wake-up call for the healthcare and life sciences industries and the ways in which we design spaces for care, discovery, aging, and wellness. How can environments perform better, both in normal times and during a crisis? People need more choices, and their experiences need to improve.
Here are five overarching considerations for rethinking the health ecosystem:
The pandemic has triggered a massive shift in global work patterns. We’ve learned new behaviors, adopted new technologies, and adjusted to new ways of working. We’ve also come to a deeper understanding of the fundamental role of place in how we work, especially how we work together. Organizations around the world are rethinking the future of the workplace based on experiences and learnings from the past year, with a particular focus on the well-being and connectivity of their teams. Collectively, we are reimagining the future of work on a global scale, with the physical office continuing to play a central role in creating more connected, equitable experiences that benefit people, organizations, and their surrounding communities.
Flexibility, wellness, practical amenities, and a focus on changing expectations of work are the key to rethinking the office. Here are four insights that are key to understanding the new workplace:
The world is experiencing a reset unlike anything anyone has ever seen. The landscapes for retail stores, hotels, restaurants, sports venues, and entertainment centers are evolving quickly. Thankfully, we have clarity around one thing: People are craving meaningful, authentic connections, and we will never again take the value of social interaction for granted. The Lifestyle sector is poised to answer the call by creating spaces that bring people together, enhancing each and every experience with a human-centric vision.
COVID-19 has transformed retail, restaurants, hotels, and mixed-use destinations around the world, prompting these industries to pivot away from single-use facilities to a hybrid model with a mix of offerings. Establishing meaningful, authentic consumer connections and new concepts that restore our sense of closeness and community will define the next phase of recovery.
Here are five guiding principles to consider for future hybrid destinations:
The pandemic, inequality, and the climate crisis have challenged us to redefine the urban experience of our cities and rethink them through the lens of human experience. Cities have expanded the public realm, creating walkable, safe places. More streets have been given back to people-first activities, and we are rethinking the built environment to ensure our spaces are open for anyone to use. The focus now is to create urban environments, community institutions, and infrastructure that are more resilient, equitable, and responsive to people’s needs as we emerge from a global health crisis.
FOR URBAN REVITALIZATION
These extraordinary times present a unique opportunity to redefine our urban environments. Here are nine strategies for creating more sustainable, inclusive, equitable, flexible, and intelligent urban environments:
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