Rethink workspaces to combat pandemics: interview with Fran Silvestre Navarro

Fran Silvestre Navarro

How are you and your firm changing in the era of Coronavirus?
“We are working from home, optimizing processes and applying the systematization that we have been developing for years.”

Do you think this pandemic could change our lifestyle, our social relationships, and then our private and working spaces, in the future?
“It could mean the globalization of the workspace. The office would only be a place where information would be stored and users would work from home.”

Do you think that due to this pandemic even mobility and urban planning in general could change?
“If the users worked from home, many displacements would be avoided, so many of the roads and streets would be unusable, modifying this the fabric of the cities and giving them a new function.”

Viruses can spread faster and faster in these times of climate change. Do you think architects can contribute to avoid or slow this spreading if they manage to improve ventilation, solar light emission, and the finishing materials in the offices?
“Of course, the architecture and design of cities can help curb these pandemics. An example of how architecture can slow down or reduce disease is the Paimio de Alvar Aalto sanatorium, a building where the materials, rooms, orientations, facilities … are designed to fight tuberculosis.”

Do you have any ideas, plans or suggestions to reach this goal?
“These situations are good to experiment with, new materials or new systems that minimize the contact surface of users, face ID, voice control …”

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