The trends towards well-being, better neighbourhoods and more communal spaces have been influencing housing design for some time. As the demand for good housing continues, architects must respond quickly to the impact of Covid-19 on residential buildings and placemaking. New constraints will require a careful balance of public and private space and will affect the design of shared spaces, access to terraces and gardens, and circulation. We can’t afford to lose these social spaces, so how can we design buildings in a way that is safe, but still encourages community and interaction? And how can new building types or combinations of use help us do that?
As part of the LFA Digital 2020 programme, Ben Adams and Michael Katsibas of KAP Studios discussed the issues in a conversation between London and L.A.