How has the recent Coronavirus crisis impacted our design perspective?

The pandemic has challenged long-established models of societal interaction, placing new demands on our built environment. A fresh set of expectations of how spaces may be experienced and used requires inspired, studied and practical solutions from those who create them.

To highlight the design industry’s response to the shifting attitudes towards how we will engage with our surroundings, Downtown Design invited the region’s architects and interior designers to conceptualise how we will live, work and play in a post-pandemic world.

Selected proposals will be presented in a multi-media exhibition during Dubai Design Week that will expose the region’s creativity to a wide audience and will be complimented with a simultaneous programme of digital panel discussions featuring regional and international experts.


With the submissions for ‘The Shape of Things to Come’ now closed, the shortlisted designers will be announced soon.