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Space, Structures and Design in a Post-Pandemic World

By Thomas Fisher Copyright 2022
    260 Pages 50 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 50 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Pandemics have long-term effects on how we live and work, and the COVID-19 pandemic was no exception, accelerating us into a digital economy, in which people increasingly work, shop, and learn online, transforming how we use space in-person and remotely. Space, Structures, and Design in a Post-Pandemic World explores the rebalancing of our physical and digital interactions and what it means for the built environment going forward.

    This book examines the effect of the pandemic on our use of land, interior space, energy, and transportation, as well as on our approach to design, wealth, work, and practice. Author Thomas Fisher also discusses the plagues of institutional racism and climate change that coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic and how these were interrelated. At the same time as all of this, the automation of all or part of many jobs continued unabated, eliminating much of the work that people did before COVID-19 arrived. This text discusses how we might leverage the under-utilized human talent and material assets all around us to rebuild our communities and our economy in more creative ways for a more equitable, resilient future.

    Space, Structures, and Design in a Post-Pandemic World will influence anyone interested in how design thinking can transform how we see the world and those looking for new ways to understand what the COVID-19 pandemic means and what opportunities it creates for our environments.



    Part One: Post-Pandemic Challenges and Opportunities

    Chapter One: Space

    Chapter Two: Design

    Chapter Three: Politics

    Chapter Four: Economics

    Chapter Five: Employment

    Part Two: Post-Pandemic Functions and Facilities

    Chapter Six: Working

    Chapter Seven: Shopping

    Chapter Eight: Learning

    Chapter Nine: Studying

    Part Three: Post-Pandemic Infrastructure and Open Space

    Chapter Ten: Cities

    Chapter Eleven: Streets

    Chapter Twelve: Communities

    Chapter Thirteen: Landscapes



    Thomas Fisher is a Professor in the School of Architecture, Director of the Minnesota Design Center, and former Dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. A former President of ACSA, he is also the former Editorial Director of Progressive Architecture magazine, recognized in 2005 as the fifth most published architecture writer in the United States. He has written or edited 11 books, 70 book chapters or introductions, and over 450 articles in professional journals and major publications.