The trend to live in the city has been unbroken for years. More and more people in dense space – and then came Corona. During the lockdown, people who have their own house with a garden, even if it is not in the city, could be happy. Ends the Corona crisis the attraction of cities. One of many exciting questions that Dr. Frank Friesecke answers in the GEOMNIBUS series “The Smart City to Corona”. The Smart City expert is an authorized signatory of STEG, one of the largest urban development companies in Germany.
The housing market in many large German cities is extremely tight. Will Corona change this situation?
As an elementary basic need, housing is clearly one of the central urban functions. The crisis has shown that the predominantly critically assessed single-family home on the periphery or in the countryside was a relatively pleasant place to lock down. However, it is not yet clear whether this will immediately lead to a trend reversal towards rural living.
In my opinion, for ecological and economic reasons alone, there will be no way around the dense urban environment in the future either – if it continues to be planned consistently. For urban planners, this means making public space, which has often been neglected in the past, more attractive again when planning new quarters, but also in existing areas. More open spaces on which urban agriculture is practised can also be a solution modelled on the Urban Gardening movement.
From the point of view of architects, this means building apartments in such a way that different forms of living exist in one house. In other words, a good mix of small and large apartments. There could be one guest apartment per apartment building, and there should also be work or common rooms in the house, which can be shared not only in times of crisis.
All in all, my guess is that the increased demand for housing in many places will not change much. Because there is usually still a lack of flexible floor plans at home, which allow living and working in a home office and create sufficient retreat possibilities, the demand could even increase.
See also part one of the GEOMNIBUS series “The Smart City after Corona”. In the next episodes you can read about the concrete effects of the Corona crisis on urban planning, traffic, the work life and trade.
Interview: die STEG
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