The art of reinvention: How the pandemic has changed the way we live and forced us to reawaken

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  • The Covid-19 pandemic has redefined life on earth. It has been the pinnacle point for change and revolution far greater than anyone could have ever predicted.
  • The loss and devastation experienced by many in different areas of their lives caused by the pandemic can never be downplayed; however one can also look through rose-tinted glasses and an open eye at the transformations and reinventions the pandemic has brought about a world reimagined - a world reinvented.

  • The global pandemic has not only reshaped our businesses, education systems and social interactions, it’s also paving the way forward for a post-pandemic world.

    Digital adoption of online commerce and video conferencing has superseded what was expected to have grown over a decade. The pandemic has forced us to rethink our daily lives, from work to education and entertainment.

    It has also driven large groups of people to adopt a more holistic, healthier life, seeing the value in time spent with family and friends, embracing the outdoors and being mindful and grateful for the mundane and the unnoticed that existed pre-pandemic, which was rapidly ripped away from us.

    The importance of housing was also greatly highlighted during lockdown with the “stay home - save lives” campaign and the pandemic, highlighting the effect on the most vulnerable populations of the world. Overpopulated underprivileged areas need most of our urgent attention.

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    The theme for World Architecture day 2020 chosen by the International Union of Architects was “toward a better urban future.” Safe practices cannot be followed due to a lack of amenities. Effective urban design and planning are critical in achieving adequate facilities and space for a better future for all.

    Views on the future of interior design trends will make homes take on a more multifunctional stance with spaces that can be transformed throughout the day for many purposes.

    Open plan and integrated living will take on another dimension, sectioning off and creating private spaces within living areas for Zoom meetings, schooling or even home gym work out spaces. For instance, the use of a glass sliding door has a multitude of benefits- whilst maintaining the feeling of light and space, it provides a soundproof, quiet area that can be separated from already existing areas when the need arises.

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    Large windows increasing light and ventilation are other factors that will become a staple in a post-Covid world. Gardens and outdoor areas have been a saving grace for many, and new developments would possibly adopt these as necessities into high rise living.

    The focus the pandemic has placed on hygiene would, in all probability, continue to steer contemporary minimalism in architectural and structural design to the forefront avoiding all the nooks and crannies.

    Homegrown living is another variable adopted by many where kitchens and gardens are adorned with pots cultivating their own herbs and greens. The saying ‘going green’ has never been more relevant. The political and economic climate heavily influencing sociology, and like all good trends, sociology affects how clothing transcends into fashion.

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    Sales in the Active and Leisurewear industries have skyrocketed, and leisurewear has become a fashion staple. As we slowly climb out of the Covid rabbit hole, we start to see an all-new trend - the collaboration of both leisure/ activewear and workwear in one outfit.

    As many are still working from home, people are pairing work garments with leisurewear. A pair of activewear leggings with sneakers and a workwear blouse are now on trend and fit for the multitude of new age juggling- zoom meetings, in and amongst morning workouts, school drop-offs and running errands.

    Whether the pandemic has brought us a new outlook on life or it has provoked our lives in such a way that we are looking within, whether it’s affected us on a personal level or a global scale- if this pandemic has left us with anything- it’s left us with the art of reinvention.

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