Living and Working Together: Reflections on Productivity and Empathy Post-Covid 19
Posted by ADMIN | 23 September 2020

Living and Working Together: Reflections on Productivity and Empathy Post-Covid 19

ArchDaily's theme of August 2020, How We Will Live Together, invites readers to contemplate the way we inhabit spaces with those around us. In this article, we address different aspects of coexistence in a world impacted by COVID-19 and the changes that need to be made in order to create a world where everyone has the space to live, work, and grow.

Nowadays, our day to day interactions with those around us hinge on social distancing, leading many to question--is this truly the best solution for curbing the spread of COVID-19? With people worldwide still reeling from the socio-economic upheaval caused by the pandemic, the concept of forcefully distancing yourself from friends and family, especially at at time when you most need them, seems just plain inhuman. While distancing is undoubtedly necessary, it seems more optimistic words would serve to better drive home the message. For example, a slogan like 6ft of Empathy maintains the necessary safety principles without stripping away the social element that humanity thrives on.

Over the past few years, work spaces have been reimagined and restructured to better accommodate their human occupants and optimize workflow and interaction. This movement has spawned the creation of coworking spaces; however, since the COVID-19 outbreak, we've been forced to rethink productivity and how (and where) it is best achieved.
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