The novel COVID-19 pandemic is becoming one of the greatest issues of the entire world these days and is badly affecting all the spheres of life. This viral respiratory infection has swallowed over 37,820 lives and has affected 785,807 peoples in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. Among these countries, the US ranks the top with over 164,253 confirmed Coronavirus cases in which more than 409 cases are recently reported with a death toll of 3,167. As the outbreak is spreading over rapidly, all of the US authorities are playing a vital role to prevent the spread of Coronavirus . In the battle against COVID-19, Architects and Interior Designers are also contributing their services. In this regard, the design professionals has mentioned the significance of interior design for the control of the growing virus. In this article, we will further discuss the services of the Interior Designers to help fight against Coronavirus .
is the art and skill of improving and enhancing the display of a building to attain a beautiful, healthier, and more pleasing atmosphere for the people using the space. An Interior designer is a skillful person who plans, investigates, and manages such enhancement projects. During the epidemic, the interior designers and architects are facing the work challenges, but still, they are struggling hard to continue their workflow.
Due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Outbreak, all Businesses and workplaces have been closed and people are advised to stay at home. Therefore people are forced to spend more than 20 hours daily at safe places being involved in indoor activities. They are also focused to create social distance among the people to avoid transmission of the disease, but the most important fact to be noticed is that the virus is not just transferred from person to person but also through everyday materials. Human health is greatly affected by touching any contaminated thing in their interior surrounding. For example, doorknobs, stair’s handrail, kitchen tops, etc. These contaminated things can play a vital role in the spread of the disease. Hence it is necessary to have interior surroundings that ensure our health safety by reducing virus transmission.
The novel Coronavirus is a new kind of infection that we have never dealt with before, therefore we do not have any experience regarding its behavior. Through recent researches, it is found that the spread of this infection is caused by touching contaminated surfaces and interior designers are now showing keen involvement to fight against the COVID-19 outbreak. They have found that some materials are likely to transfer microorganisms more effectively than others. A few materials are naturally antimicrobial which means that they can deliberate or kill the microorganisms before it can infect any person. Therefore interior designers are contributing their services for ensuring biosecurity measures during the pandemic. They are now using antimicrobial materials and personal protective equipment in their design to minimize the risk of virus transmission.
It is most probable that by 2050, up to 75% of the world’s population will be living in urban areas. There is a threat that these heavy populations make us all more susceptible to such dangerous disease outbreaks as well as food and water deficiencies. The developing urban population presents a stratified and complicated problem-we can call a “wicked issue”, and cannot be handled with one solution. In Interior designing, the prime objective of a design ecologist is to make researches on such wicked issues across the framework of the built environment to discover and enforce design inventions, modifications to safeguard the health and improve personal satisfaction. The novel Coronavirus pandemic grants us with a contextual study about how the built environment i.e., medical clinics or hospitals, airplanes, and cruise ships or voyages plays a major role in the viral outbreak.
These are difficult times. As Coronavirus is spreading rapidly all over the globe, the effect is observed in all aspects of life. It has a great influence on society and overall industries, including the designing industry. The chief consideration is for public health, and for comprehensive information related to the precautions to be taken. In this regard, the interior designers are also committed to follow the effect of the pandemic and to avoid on-site presence to ensure the health and safety of the people.
Site visits are being postponed by the designers to fight against the Coronavirus outbreak. Most of the designers have started offering virtual consultations and are trying hard to continue the project as best they can do. They carry virtual meeting with their clients and other people involved in the design process by using technologies like Google Hangouts, Face time, and Zoom. Some interior designers are also offering new packages to meet their customer’s modifying demands.
There are many ways to continue and move forward to the design business. Interior designers are providing their services to their customers, and team members electronically by sending them floor plans and sketches of the design.
The interior designers provide physical samples to their clients through ground shipping, but in the recent Coronavirus situation, all shipments from various countries are practically halted. Therefore this service is nowadays provided via email.
By concluding this article, it is proved that the Interior Designers have shown a remarkable performance in the fight against Coronavirus. They offer virtual design consultancy services to their clients in this situation. Interior Design is a profession that can also be done remotely. Digital Transformation has changed the world and 99% of Interior Designing work can be done from computers.