Much of the public health guidance for reopening schools and focuses on updated cleaning protocols and changing student and staff behaviours. But knowing how much the built environment can impact student outcomes, we should be giving equal consideration to our facilities.
There is no question that in the months of prolonged isolation and distancing, we’re starting to feel the desire for social connection. The reality is that we need and want to go back to work, which means buildings need to adjust – and quickly. But how can we incorporate health and wellbeing? And what is our responsibility to create that sense of physical and psychological safety in the built environment now and into the future?
Undoubtedly, you’ve been part of the ongoing speculation driving the design world: What does the office look like after COVID-19? What will change? What won’t? While it’s hard to know what the full impact of the coronavirus looks like at this moment, design will play a huge role in how safe we feel in our physical spaces.
With her latest collection, Look Both Ways, Interface VP of Product Design Kari Pei knew she wanted to contribute to spaces where people can function at their best.
Monterrey Institute of Technology needed to modernise its facilities in order to attract and retain the next generation of learners and innovators. So, the university launched a new mission to update its spaces with design that was fresh and colourful.