“I feel like I haven’t left the house in years.”

This is a common refrain I’ve been hearing from everyone I know. In what was an extraordinary and necessary public health response to a global pandemic, half of the world’s population has been told to self-isolate. Our traditionally social spaces (restaurants, bars, concert venues) have all been shut down by “shelter in place” or “safer at home” orders in an effort to save us from ourselves.

After the mass closures, my social media feed instantly became filled with optimistic messages like “you can still play outdoors!” and “sunny spring days…

Paul Bestul, AIA

Milwaukee-based architect with a passion for design technologies and how they can improve our process, buildings, and cities.

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