5 ways COVID will change affordable housing design

By Donna Kimura | Affordable Housing Design

The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the importance of a home this year as families have been forced to shelter in place. In addition to being a needed refuge, our residences have become offices, classrooms, and everything else in between.

As the coronavirus’ grip continues into the summer and fall, affordable housing architects are thinking about ways their projects can meet the changing health and lifestyle needs of residents.

“In these uncertain times, we are seeing developers requesting alternate approaches to design that can better adapt to a pandemic like COVID-19,” says Joanne Horton, residential studio director at RDL Architects. “I think all of the precautions people are now taking, with their adaptations in routine and lifestyle, are here to stay at some capacity, even after this current pandemic is over. This will inherently change how we look at affordable housing design.”

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