Architectural space changes during covid-19 pandemic

Tolacı S. S., ERKAN İ., Gokaslan A., Sahin A., Kayhan A. M., Sanlı M., ...More

International Journal of Sustainable Building Technology and Urban Development, vol.13, no.1, pp.84-95, 2022 (Scopus) identifier


© International Journal of Sustainable Building Technology and Urban Development.The pandemic caused people to spend more time in quarantine spaces (living spaces) than ever before and continuously interact with that space. With the emphasis that architectural designs affect subjective human experiences, it has been revealed by scientific studies that people need spaces that are intertwined with nature with gardens and terraces during periods like this. While these studies refer to the spatial configurations that will make individuals feel good psychologically, they also mention the buildings’ features such as their location, size, space quality, and comfort content. The main aim of running this paper is to identify the emotional state changes that occur in individuals during the quarantine period and to use these determinations in designs within the framework of the concept of “pandemic space,” a concept that emerged after the pandemic started. Seven hypotheses have been developed in this context. As method, a questionnaire consisting of 39 items designed to measure individuals’ emotional state changes was chosen. The meaningfulness of the hypotheses was questioned using the statistical values obtained as a result of the data analysis of the data collected from 1500 people. As a result of the study, several design approaches to pandemic spaces were put forward by trying to interpret this meaningfulness in terms of space.