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The 6-Feet Rule Will Guide Architects in a Post-Covid World

Past pandemics also forced a rethinking of physical space.
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Illustration: Rose Wong for Bloomberg Businessweek

Six feet. As Covid-19 has torn through the world, that distance has come to define daily life. Six feet is how far we stand from other shoppers or the space we try to maintain while catching up with a friend.

It’s painfully clear that our world has been constructed for a reality that no longer exists. Crowded subway cars, packed restaurants, and bustling sidewalks all pose a threat every time someone nearby sneezes, talks, or even just breathes.