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HOT TOPIC

How COVID-19 Could
Reshape Design

A wide array
of product
and design
innovations is
on the horizon

FROM SANITIZING ZONES at the entrance to a home and new bacteriaresistant materials, to repurposing an abundance of empty office buildings for
residential or cultural uses and re-thinking the wildly popular "open-concept
kitchen," three experts weighed in with predictions on the future of home
design in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
Paul Keskeys, content director at Architizer in New York; Lloyd Alter,
design editor for Treehugger.com and adjunct professor of interior design at
Ryerson University in Toronto; and Theresa Casey, principal and Registered
Interior Designer at Casey Design|Planning Group, also in Toronto, joined
host Bill Darcy, NKBA CEO, for a wide-ranging discussion on "Measuring
the Impact - How will Home Design Change?" on NKBA's webcast "Brave
New Business."They explored the ways homes, kitchens and baths - and in
fact, entire cities - will inevitably be transformed as a result of the pandemic.

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A MACRO VIEW

Keskeys began with a large-scale look at architecture and city planning.
Companies including Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, Capital One, JP Morgan,
Google and Microsoft are extending work-from-home policies even after
the pandemic restrictions are lifted. It could signal big changes for the future
of city planning and building design.
"These are obviously pretty large companies, and we imagine many more
could shift their policies, so cities like New York or L.A. could find themselves
with a lot of unused space," he speculated. "This could lead to a rise in adaptive re-use, converting retail and office spaces to apartments or cultural uses."

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He cited Westminster Arcade in Providence,
R.I., the nation's oldest enclosed shopping mall
and a National Historical Landmark, which was
converted into a residential space with 48 microapartments, each between 200 and 300 square feet,
designed primarily to accommodate single people
moving into cities.
SANITARY STATE

Alter related a story about the famous French architect Le Corbusier, who had a surgeon client
during the time of a major tuberculosis outbreak.
Everything was focused on sanitation.The architect
installed a sink in the doctor's front hall, so people
could wash their hands upon entering his home.
"Basically, they had nothing more to deal with
tuberculosis than we have today with coronavirus:
cleanliness and chlorine bleach,"said Alter."So,they
were all obsessed with simplicity and cleanliness."
And the simpler the surroundings, the easier to
keep clean. He said cleanliness upon entering the
home will take on increased importance and predicted that homes will include "transition zones,"
where people can come in through a bathroom,
remove their shoes, throw their clothes right into
the washer, take a shower and then enter the home
cleansed from the grime of the outside world.
"We have to think like Le Corbusier and go
back to that sink in the hall," said Alter, who also
added that during that era, product design was
centered around health and function, rather â
than aesthetics.

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Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Note
NKBA Note
Happenings
Hot Topic
Research Roundup
Trends
Better Business
Stories from the Field
Readers’ Choice Award Winners
Wellness Design
Balanced Budget
All Abroad
Solutions
Universal Design
Sustainable Design
What’s Hot
Merging the indoors and outdoors in a Big Easy home
A designer delivers every project request for his long-distance clients
Last Word
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Intro
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Cover2
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Editor’s Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Show Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - NKBA Note
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Happenings
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 21
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Hot Topic
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 23
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Research Roundup
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Trends
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Better Business
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Stories from the Field
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 39
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Readers’ Choice Award Winners
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 41
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 43
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Wellness Design
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 45
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Balanced Budget
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - 47
Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - All Abroad
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Solutions
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Sustainable Design
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - What’s Hot
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - Merging the indoors and outdoors in a Big Easy home
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Kitchen & Bath Business - July/August 2020 - A designer delivers every project request for his long-distance clients
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