After 9/11, we rallied together in parks and squares to hold vigils for the victims, hugging strangers as a way of expressing solidarity. This time, there are no warm embraces. We can only demonstrate our social connectedness by coming together in the same place, six feet apart.
Besides work from home becoming mainstream, the outbreak is accelerating trends in technology, from eateries offering online delivery to film studios skipping theaters to release new movies for streaming.
Austin-based construction technology company Icon has formed partnerships to explore how 3D-printed houses could not only provide housing for people on the margins but also demonstrate how to dramatically reduce the time and money spent on construction.
Business closures aimed at containing the pandemic are all but certain to result in a surge of vacancies, just when dealmaking for future leases has come to a virtual halt due to travel bans and economic jitters.
In high-rises, elevators, lobbies, gyms, and laundry rooms are practically unavoidable, with surfaces touched by hundreds of people. Many — but far from all — building managers have beefed up cleaning crews, restricted public spaces, and made hand sanitizers readily available.