Crises, both natural and man-made, have long driven change in architecture and urban planning. In the coronavirus era, when indoor spaces have become danger zones, architects have been tasked with figuring out how to make social gatherings and community activities possible again. The Times recently asked several how they’re thinking outside the six-foot bubble.
|Claire Weisz of WXY, an urban design and architecture firm in New York, has proposed putting up awnings over sidewalks, so stores that lack the space for social distancing can put their wares outside. The idea draws on a New York City program that has allowed restaurants to expand their outdoor dining areas into the street.|
|Ms. Weisz also came up with inventive ways to help adapt a Brooklyn school that plans to welcome students back for in-person learning. One solution was to use socially distanced markings that resemble a playground game on the sidewalks where students wait to begin their staggered schedules. Another New York firm, SITU, designed special shelters for the school where children can take part in activities, with a partitioned area for temperature checks.