The Many Ways People Live Privately Today

Self-isolation through space

A man looking the city by the window
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Aren’t we living our homes and spaces to the fullest?

Since our movements are now extremely limited, our private space has become our most precious asset. New habits have been created, new rules have been established and even new arrangements have slightly emerged.

It appears that the combination of diverse activities carried out in one place is forcing us to use our creativity in order to adapt.

This small piece seeks to reveal the scenes we are experiencing, more than to explain them. Some of these scenes may not last forever. However, as the future is still uncertain, a reading through self-isolation from space will help us look back on and become more critical about how this period of time has affected our ways of living.

Big cities, tiny spaces

Have you ever wondered how it is to live in self-isolation in micro-apartments? Sure it was easier when we could profit from the public facilities and outdoor areas as an extension of our living space.

A young man living in a 9m2 appartment
A young man living in a 9m2 appartment
Living in a 9m² apartment / Image courtesy of the author

(Co)working at home

For those who share a home, with friends, parents, or a partner, common areas are transforming into co-working spaces. New colleagues popped up and virtual meetings are now being held in.

Two people coworking at home
Two people coworking at home
Sharing workspace / Image courtesy of the author

Kids on board

A parent and a kid sharing space
A parent and a kid sharing space
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Outside but still inside

We could say giving more space to people hasn’t always been a priority from some designers. I think they — we — might think twice next time.

Two girls in the balcony
Two girls in the balcony
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No balcony?

Some of these scenes can be perceived from walking in the street. There is something poetic and even romantic about it.

Two people sitting in the window
Two people sitting in the window
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Leisure at home

A family sharing , playing and watching tv
A family sharing , playing and watching tv
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Work(in)out

Technology has helped a notch to encourage many by making available online courses and applications.

Two people exercising at home
Two people exercising at home
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Sometimes less is not more

A precarious house
A precarious house
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Could this help us rethink the way we would build tomorrow?

The moment we live in now is revealing some big problems and deficiencies, from the typical design of housing up to the urban planning of cities.

However now that we can recognize these problems, and the new needs in the face of this unpredictable situation, we can also find solutions and rethink the way in which we will build in the future.

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