“Spaces beyond lockdown” newsletter – May 2020

For this May edition of the A and B side of our monthly newsletter, we took a look at private and public spaces beyond the lockdown caused by the Covid-19 epidemic.

A SIDE

— Market
Covid-19 and worksites: the need for a metamorphosis and why it will cause mayhem

The long weeks of mothballing and furloughing are over, and work is picking up again. Stricter health and safety rules will be the new normal, restarting worksites will take some orchestrating, and the changes down the road will be nothing short of systemic. What are construction professionals looking at, exactly, and how are they going to deal with it?

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— Analysis
Emilie Hergott (Gares & Connexions): “We can either run for shelter behind barricades, or try flexibility, adaptation and resilience”

Stations will play a key role as soon as the confinement starts easing –and are adapting fast. The teams are displaying amazing inventiveness and implicitly suggesting there are “opportunities rising to the surface”.

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— Forecasts
Offices go clean and lean

Offices have died, long live offices! The coronavirus has kick-started an overhaul in open spaces. What will they look like and what constraints will they have to deal with?

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— Radar
Our selection of innovative businesses #13

Innovation in architecture, engineering and construction during and after the Covid-19 crisis.
The startups providing services that could simplify operations at airports when they reopen and rebound.
Qarnot, a French startup that wants to make cloud computing greener, raises €6 million.
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B SIDE

— Analysis
Contract tracing, social distancing or enjoying the fresh air: our reality in a post-Covid-19 world

The crisis has shuffled up the way we interact with space – the space we share and the space that links us, which are now interconnected. Week afterweek, we have been keeping an eye on the transformation that this interlude is bringing about. We looked at the effects of contact tracing, social distancing and the exciting quest for new location paradigms.

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— Radar
Our selection of innovative businesses #14

Startup Construyo raises €2 million to fuel the development of a platform centralising project-related data.
Continuum Industries attracts £1.5 million to invest in a generative design tool.
How Covid-19 is reshaping financing on the startup scene.

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