New generations ask for new solutions.
Understand the needs arising from demographic change.
From retirement homes to shopping centers, facility management during the COVID-19 outbreak has had central importance in managing this public health crisis. There's no doubt that it's an overwhelming and demanding time to execute excellent facility management during the COVID-19 challenge.
As some parts of the world are beginning to recover from the pandemic and outlining new roadmaps, hotel managers might be asking: What should hotels do before they re-open after COVID-19?
Hospitals are the most important pillar of healthcare. However, since COVID-19 started to spread globally, their significance for not just treatment, but also for testing and after-care grew exponentially. The medical research community documented that up to 80 percent of the COVID-19 cases might be mild or asymptomatic.
The coronavirus pandemic has been changing the world as we know it in both the short and long term. However, as billions stayed home to flatten the curve, few industries have been affected by COVID-19 like aviation and air travel. Between late March and April 2020, more than 20 major airlines suspended their operations by 100 percent.
Thousands of university campuses have been remaining eerily empty following the COVID-19 outbreak. However, with or without a pandemic, summers tend to be the least hectic time of the year for university campuses around the world.
“The door handle is the handshake of the building," says Juhani Pallasmaa, celebrated Finnish architect and the author of the book The Eyes of The Skin, which is considered a classic of architectural theory. “ The elements of architecture are not visual units or gestalt; they are encounters, confrontations that interact with memory," Mr. Pallasmaa observes.
Cities gave birth to civilization as we know it, according to many historians and archeologists. Since the first cities in Mesopotamia came to be thousands of years ago, the growth of global urbanization has been unstoppable. By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world's population will reside in cities, a jump from today's 55 percent.
Whether in direct or indirect ways, all the human lives on the planet depend on forests. Yet, particularly with the rise of industrialization, millions of hectares of forests become depleted due to unsustainable human consumption every year. Since the earliest human settlements, timber has been one of the most popular construction materials.
Doorknobs are among the most touched items in day-to-day life, especially in public spaces like offices, hospitals, or educational institutions. The high intensity of human traffic in these places mean people might be depositing a large volume of harmful bacteria or viruses on doorknobs.
This year, Pritzker Architecture Prize, often referred to as the "Nobel Prize in Architecture", has been granted to Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. The two women, who are the directors of the Dublin-based Grafton Architects, are the first Irish nationals to receive this honor.
Nowadays, it's common to see a fusion of styles in interior design and architecture. However, when visiting a home in Europe or Asia, one will often still see specific historical and cultural characteristics. What are some of the popular styles on the two continents, and what are the differences and similarities?
"Start where you can," was the motto of the Afghan-born architect Nabeel Hamdi, who was one of the pioneers of humanitarian architecture in the 1960s. Since then, many communities around the world have been through wars and natural disasters.