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  • Writer's pictureKishan Thakkar

Unlocking Spaces: The Changing Dynamics of Public Areas Post-Lockdown

As the world grappled with the pandemic, people found themselves confined within the four walls of their homes. The experience has been surreal, and as the lockdown slowly lifts, many of us are wondering what the world outside looks like. Have things changed? Are the familiar public spaces we used to frequent the same as before?


In this blog, we explore the changing dynamics of public spaces post-lockdown.


The World Outside


Stepping out of the house after months of lockdown feels like a breath of fresh air. Dogs are still around, vehicles still parked here and there, hawkers still selling things, vegetable vendors still haggling with customers, people still moving around, and the world still watching by. It's like time stood still, and yet everything seems different.


The spaces outside the house are what we call "extrovert spaces." These spaces are the pulse of the city and its people. We use them for daily activities, transportation, and more. These spaces are the lifeblood of the city, and they are constantly in motion. It's interesting to note how introvert spaces are interconnected with extrovert spaces, creating a seamless transition between the two.


Pol houses are a great example of this transition. A pol is a group of houses with open spaces related to it. They are known by various names like Sheri, Khancho, Khadki, Gali, etc. depending on the nature and context of the space. Human life consists of activities that take place in both types of spaces.


The Pandemic Effect


The pandemic has changed the way we interact with public spaces. We've been confined to our homes for months, and the familiarity with these spaces has changed. People will likely say that "The city has changed after lockdown," but in reality, it's the way they look at the city that has changed.


What makes public spaces familiar to us? Is it the form of the space, the activities that take place, the culture or context, or the people from there? It's a combination of all these factors that make public spaces familiar to us. We associate them with certain activities, people, and cultures, and that familiarity creates a sense of belonging and comfort.


Moving Forward


As we move forward, it's important to remember that the world outside has not changed, but our perception of it has. We need to approach public spaces with a fresh perspective, open to the changes that have occurred. We need to embrace the familiar and the unfamiliar and appreciate the beauty of both.


Public spaces are the heart and soul of any city. They are the places where people gather, interact, and create memories. The pandemic may have changed the way we approach public spaces, but it hasn't changed their significance. As we unlock the doors to the world outside, let's remember to cherish the familiar and embrace the new.

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