Ar. Arpan Johari - AW Design

Ar. Arpan Johari - AW Design
Closed and conditioned spaces and buildings that have international movement like airports, will have to be completely thought of in a new light.
Humans are adaptive species; lessons learnt from the pandemic would certainly lead to changes in the built environment. For starters, all areas that see large number of people gatherings, like airports or transit nodes, will be forced to think of new design strategies accommodating social distancing norms

Many contraptions like sanitization tunnels and UV disinfection boxes came to be used during the peak Covid period, leading to a common belief that we will see these devices as mainstream design interventions. However, these quick-fix solutions still have a lot of validation pending for their long-term impacts on human health.

Sustainability and eco conscious buildings have been spoken about for a long time. With the pandemic they have gained more momentum especially with regards to human health. Ventilation rates and air change per hour are trending to ensure that the building is flushed out of contaminated air as soon as it can be.

There has been a lot of movement in prefabricated structures.
Prefabrication provides easy and quick buildability, minimizes extended construction periods, and reduces person to person interaction while constructing. Composite building materials have also been gathering a lot of momentum. Needless to say, everyone wants materials that discourage microbial growth and pathogens to sustain around humans. As noble as this idea is, we need to understand that not all of them are bad and we have coexisted with them for centuries.

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Adaptation of buildings and architecture to address issues bought about by pandemic should not be piecemeal.
Design should serve its purpose at the unit level and also at the community level so that they could integrate and form a system level intervention. A befitting example of such a systems level intervention would be the case of common amenities in societies like the club house. This building is integral to housing societies, many of them have now started contemplating building of a clinic to serve as isolation areas to integrate healthcare at a community level.

Further, a consensus for increasing wall window ratio is trending among designers. Homes with an arrival vestibule and quarantine closet to store online shipped items and grocery deliveries have also started to gain importance in the real estate lobby. Buildings and cities slowly but constantly adapt to the ambient, be it climate, force of nature, or pandemic situations. While a lot of momentum is seen as pandemic-proof design domain, only time will state which of the interventions see a permanence in the life of the users.

Ar. Sumit Dhawan, Cityspace’82 Architects

Building materials play a prominent role in the technical aspects of a built form, including factors like insulation, acoustics, etc. Building material selection is as important as the form development process in order to improve the quality of the built form Read More ...

Ar. Nilanjan Bhowal, Design Consortium India

We have reached a point where architects and engineers are planning for the entire life cycle of a building: from conception to demolition, providing alternatives at every step of the way to reduce harm to the environment during the entire process Read More ...

Ar. Manish Kumat Manish, Kumat Design Cell

A series of modular walls, breathable walls, and porous osmosis walls to ensure a controlled transfer of moisture and odour in the air, use of materials such as reclaimed wood, cork, AAC blocks, energy-efficient lighting fixtures, double glazed windows and automation Read More ...

Rohit Suraj, Founder & CEO, Urban Zen

Material selection is a crucial part of the design process and also depends on the client’s likes and expectations to a large extent. While choosing a material to work with, its intrinsic physical characteristics and experiential qualities are always the best parameters Read More ...

Ar. Harish Tripathi, Arhta

The role of local materials and technology cannot be undermined and their acceptability at the government and public level can create appropriate solutions. Amidst the mass movement and decline in trade as repercussions of the pandemic, the importance of using local Read More ...

Ar. Sandeep Joshi, Artisan

The trend is moving towards stronger materials that can better withstand the test of time, natural disasters, and give back to the environment instead of taking away from it. As the supply of natural resources becomes scarcer, we will be forced to use renewable and recyclable Read More ...

The Value of Material Choices

Context, functionality, and aesthetics play a crucial role in architecture with one of the most influential aspects being the value of material choices. For most buildings, the key features defining their ‘iconicity’ can be summarized as strong concept design, relevant Read More ...

Ar. Akshat Bhatt - Architecture Discipline

The pandemic and the current human condition have become markers in our collective history as the forbearers of change –– of a push towards minimal resource consumption and sustainable living. Our homes today have re-emerged as sanctuaries –– places of safe and ‘socially-distanced’ Read More ...

Ar. Aahana Miller - ABM Architects

There needs to be a change in the mindset of designers who must do away with fussy detailing and specify materials that would show dirt and be easy to clean. Homeowners are looking for alternate homes and homes away from the cities. They also want fabrics and materials Read More ...

Ar. Dinesh Verma & Ar. Akshara Verma - ACE Group Architects

In the name of development, we have overdone, over-consumed, and overlooked nature, and instead of being friendly, have turned hostile towards it. Society has knowingly compromised on the average area required by a person to be naturally comfortable, in the name of ‘expensive real estate’ Read More ...

Ar. Shobhan Kothari - ADND

Homes will now begin to address not only the pragmatic aspect of design but also question the ‘wellness’ quotient in design. Designs will evolve from having ‘curb-appeal’ to a more socially contributing device. Homegrown compost from waste to manure for plants, design with less frills Read More ...

Ar. Harish Tripathi & Jyoti D Tripathi - Arhta

Post pandemic, our perception and usage of space has changed drastically. Planning parameters and appropriate environments for habitat have gained a lot of importance. As people were confined to their homes, they began to actively appreciate the necessity of having appropriateness Read More ...

Ar. Aquin Noel - Aquin Noel Design Commune

Creating buildings that permit adaptive reuse would be notable changes. The idea of touch and feel might slowly transform into do not touch; however, I strongly believe that architecture should be appreciated by touch and feel. Technological advancements shall soon bring Read More ...

Ar. Sandeep Joshi - Artisan

The next few years will see a renewed interest in using design and architecture as social, political, and economic tools. In the aftermath of the pandemic, we should expect to see buildings becoming more sustainable and energy-efficient. They will also need to be designed with pandemic Read More ...

Ar. Biswabhushan Beura - Bentel Associates

Retail architecture will cater more consciously to general well-being and actively focus on curating unique spatial experiences. Due to the pandemic, an important shift in architecture will be that large-scale public buildings will be remarkably well-ventilated and spacious Read More ...

Prof. Charanjit S. Shah - Creative Group

We need to focus more on natural resource management to create healthy environments. The pandemic has taught us the real values of nature and our natural resources. It has taught us that we need to be minimalistic in our design approach and create human settlements wherein we live Read More ...