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Architects to rethink the designs of buildings and workplaces inhabited by people.

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the emergence of newer architectural designs for houses and workplaces that can ensure social distancing norms.

The structure of cities and buildings have always been shaped by diseases and pandemics. It was cholera that had influenced the introduction of sewage systems, and the outbreak of plague had changed the design of everything from drainpipes to door thresholds and building foundations.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced the architects to rethink the designs of buildings and workplaces inhabited by people. It has turned the creative energies to imagine the ways buildings could limit the spread of future epidemics, spanning from the layout of interiors and public spaces, to surface coatings. Several architects have stated that there should be wide corridors and doorways, more partitions between departments, and several staircases.

The post-coronavirus principles may also include contactless pathways where employees rarely touch surfaces with their hands to navigate buildings. Lifts can be called from a smartphone, avoiding the need to press a button both outside and inside, while office doors will open automatically using motion sensors and facial recognition.

The new work definition for the office will cause a re-look at the kind of spaces that are currently most in demand for rentals. The office officials are forced to cut down the office rents and hire more employees to work from home.

The COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to a lot of potentially dangerous misinformation. For reliable advice on COVID-19 including symptoms, prevention and available treatment, please refer to the World Health Organisation or your national healthcare authority.

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