HEALTH, WELL-BEING & MULTIFUNCTIONAL PUBLIC SPACE
FUTURE OF OUTDOORS
Retail food stores and social life is hit hard in New York City by the COVID-19 crises. AmpISpiral aims to revitalize outdoor areas by providing space for food retailers, farmers, and people who would like to enjoy outdoor activities during these hard times. Structure houses diverse activities under one roof, such as food retail, picnicking, sunbathing, resting, and socializing. Its spiral shape resembles an amphitheater and presents an opportunity for the community to come together for performances. It is made of easily mountable sustainable material. Wood boards have six feet signs on them to show the safe distances between users. The sign is minimal but located on both usable edges of the wood boards. The overall design celebrates the dynamic and diverse culture of the city and aims to remain after the pandemic with faded six feet signs.
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HOPE, IMAGINATION, PURE JOY & PASSION
FUTURE OF REMOTE & HYBRID WORK
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WorkOut is a design proposal, shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival - Isolation Transformed design competition.
WorkOut is a worldwide network and an outdoor pop-up workspace with enhanced filtration and air cleaning systems for remote workers and students. It can also be used for leisure activities such as reading and writing. It remediates the effects of isolation on individuals by providing human-nature and random human interactions and global co-working and networking opportunities. It gives people the chance to step outside, socialize, and exercise while accomplishing their daily work-related goals. The biophilic design of WorkOut and exercise opportunities reduces stress levels, boosts positive feelings, and supports the nervous system.
WorkOut introduces work as a leisure activity and supports people to find their passion for life. Public scapes would be considered collective dream yards that people get inspiration from nature for their next big ideas to transform the world for the better.
There was already an increasing number of people working from home on a contract basis before the pandemic. During the pandemic, people tasted the convenience of working from home, and many would like to adopt this new normal with improved workspace conditions. Also, there is a strong emphasis and demand for entrepreneurship, innovation, and self-sufficiency to enhance the living conditions as the population increases. These show that there will be more and more people working remotely, although there are some challenges such as isolation, loneliness, communication, and collaboration. However, communication and collaboration can be overcome in time as people get used to new technological tools. Isolation and loneliness can be overcome with the occasional change of atmosphere and socialization in third places such as the outdoor workspace WorkOut.
There is an increasing consciousness on well-being at workplaces to increase productivity in response to a lack of resources and a highly competitive environment. With these realities, workspaces are designed with substantial footprints to provide various work, play, and rest places for employees while there is a shortage of affordable housing worldwide. Also, these workspaces with large footprints do not consider that an increasing number of people are going to work remotely as contract base workers. Vacant office spaces can be converted to affordable housing since many will partially remain empty, even after the COVID-19 crises. Some outdoor areas, such as parks and rooftops, can be the third-place alternatives for remote workers. Because many people spend most of their time working or studying, WorkOut would be a fair use of parks and open areas.
WorkOut is modular and re-configurable. It is flexible to add new functions such as cafes, bathrooms and adaptable to different locations at parks, open spaces, rooftops at co-living buildings, university campuses, innovation centers, and recreation areas. Each module can be rented for a period from an hour to an entire day. Two or three modules can be rented for a meeting or group work.
WorkOut has various sustainability and wellness features.
It is designed with sustainable materials such as FSC-certified wood.
It supports biodiversity with green walls, which is drip-irrigated with harvested rainwater.
It has an autonomous energy harvesting with transparent thin-film photovoltaic cells applied to shades and glass to produce electricity for modules.
It has a waterless toilet and a coffee shop module with biodigesters converting waste to energy and fertilizer.
It has variable opacity glazing with electrochromic glass to reduce transmissivity by a minimum of 90%.
It has re-configurable modules to provide adaptability to different locations taken into account various space and daylight access restrictions.
It has sensor-operated lighting responsive to daylight and occupancy to dim and switch off lights automatically.
It has external automated shading with manual override to prevent glare and optimize the view.
It has robotic architectural solutions to automate sliding and folding desks, doors, and partitions to minimize the footprint and provide a flexible environment to serve multiple uses, contactless access, and temperature assessment devices at entry points.
It has enhanced filtration and air-cleaning systems, natural ventilation, automated surface cleaning, and disinfection systems with spraying.
ESRA KARAGOZ, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, CPHD, EcoDistricts AP, WELL AP, LFA, FITWEL AMB., CM-BIM
Architect & Innovator
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