We have been working with our university clients on space adaptations, and a theme is emerging: it’s not only about physical space, it’s about helping everyone feel safe as they consider returning to shared spaces – whether academic, residential, or social. We have been using our storytelling and engagement skills to help ease the information-sharing, choices, and transition. In a very accessible way, we inform user groups of risks, data, best practices (which are sometimes shifting!), their institution’s guidelines, and then describe the efforts their units have put in place for the transition. It seems to be helping everyone understand the safety issues and how the physical changes are mitigating risk.
The images shown here are diagrams for physical distancing options in teaching spaces, circulation flow diagrams, and queuing capacity in corridor spaces. While these diagrams have been enormously helpful in providing guidance to administration and faculty, what has been even more meaningful is our role in engagement, coalescing information, and sharing out in simple, data-driven ways.