How Will We Live Post Covid19?

There is no doubt COVID-19 has changed the world.

Changed how we live, work, and play but will it affect how we build in the future too?

With the closures of gyms and less commuting, we have flocked to open spaces and parks. The Australian love affair with nature has been reinforced. Large crowded cities and urban areas have been the hardest hit. Developers across the world now have to rethink what the post-COVID buyer will look for. High rises will likely have more emphasis on rooftop gardens and living green walls but we may even see the design of the residence change with more people opting to work from home. Will we see a rise or fall of designated study?

Global epidemics ultimately change the way we live, look at modernist architecture which was a partial reaction to the Spanish flu eliminating dust collecting adornment for clean streamlined architecture.

We have proven that most jobs can work more remotely than we ever thought. Readily available communication technology that we have been forced to embrace has given thought. Businesses with large floor spaces that occupy high rent locations in cities may not be the answer. They will likely have a shift into outer areas dispersing their workforce to allow many to work remotely which will have a direct shift in where we live. Will people then flock to regional lifestyle areas over built-up urban as their commute is less of a priority?

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This trend could continue with social distancing as the backyard becomes more important and our relationship with public transport and high rise buildings will change. If people do move to regional areas and leave the cities more it could lead to more neighborhood villages with small business hubs.

The removal of the ‘need’ to work in big cities could change the way we plan and build not only our neighborhood but infrastructure and our homes well into the future.

Trever Molenaar
Trever has worked in the industry selling property for over two decades. This lifelong profession has enabled him to master the art of negotiation. Trever’s own personal values relate through to his professional life 
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