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The coronavirus pandemic has forced us all to reflect on the way of life we lead and how we influence our environment, an exercise that also extends to the construction sector. Engineers, architects and interior designers are working to design new spaces that minimise infections, and they are experimenting with new materials, structures and fixtures.
In China alone, more than 600,000 elevators (or lifts) are installed annually, a means of transport ten times safer than its main competitor, the escalator. The invention that would transform 19th century urbanism emerged in the midst of the Industrial Revolution, even though the concept had existed for centuries. Today, plans for the elevator have even raised it to the status of a tool for space exploration.
Environmental noise pollution is a threat to health, especially in cities. Reducing the noise impact of traffic, and even that derived from leisure, is necessary to stop the harmful effects on its inhabitants. In the trend of making cities more livable spaces, solutions from architecture are already being tested to minimize and even eliminate this urban noise.
Solar energy is the second fastest growing renewable energy in the world, according to the International Energy Agency. An industry that is key to providing electricity to 840 million people today. But this dream of guaranteeing universal access to electricity would not have been possible without Charles Fritts, author of the first solid solar cell, the forerunner of today's solar panels.