Using Technology and Design to Create Healthier Spaces in a Post-Pandemic World

Apr 29, 2023 | Industry News

BI | Mar 17, 2023

At NYU’s InnovateESG Symposium, leaders in real estate convened to discuss ESG objectives and new ways forward after COVID-19.

It has now been three years since COVID-19 first appeared, and the world we live in today has changed significantly from the one we knew before. One area where we continue to see developments to our collective way of life involves the spaces we occupy. From where and how we show up to work or play, to the ways we connect and collaborate, to the kinds of action that employees and consumers expect from companies on larger societal questions – have all shifted.

In the context of this ever-changing landscape, last month the NYU Chen Institute for Global Real Estate Finance hosted its InnovateESG spring forum focused on real estate innovation and sustainability. In a session titled, Technologies and Design Challenges for Creating Healthy Spaces in a Post-Pandemic World, IWBI President and CEO Rachel Hodgdon came together with Sam Chandan, PhD, Founding Director and Professor, Chen Institute , Anna Coltrane, Director of Development, Space Craft, and Gab Damant-Sirois, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Local Logic, to explore these societal shifts and discuss how companies are rising to the challenge.

The pandemic inspired new innovations for organizations looking to promote the health and well-being of their stakeholders. In the summer of 2020 IWBI launched the WELL Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management to serve as a roadmap for driving resilience into the center of business policies and operations during this unprecedented time. Informed by more than 600 scientists, practitioners and other experts it helps organizations address the health, safety and well-being of their most valuable asset—their people…

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