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A changed atmosphere in architecture and construction during the coronavirus crisis? An interview with Peter Haimerl

How has the routine changed in your office?

We’re all working from home. Our employees are scattered all over Germany. I myself am currently working in the Bavarian Forest. Our visits to building sites are limited, but possible.

How are you handling the coronavirus crisis  are your projects continuing?

We’re making an effort to keep business running as usual. Unfortunately, just now this isn’t possible without losses, so we have had to register for short-time work.
Apart from that, we are devoting ourselves to our long-term research project Zoomtown, which is an overall vision for the concept of a joint European platform for ideas concerning architecture. We have enough time to keep thinking about this.

Do you have any tips for your colleagues?

Use this time to continue to develop yourselves theoretically and philosophically so you can enjoy the true heart of architecture.

Do you have any plans for the time after the quarantine?

This quarantine has one benefit. The mood in architecture and building, which is often quite tense and raw, is softening. I would like to take this constructive atmosphere into the time after the coronavirus crisis.

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