— Munjer Hashim
2020 is a crucial time in history guaranteed to disrupt and dictate the future. The world is eager to start going back to “normal” and restart the fast paced lives we all had.The reduction of mass travel, activities and limited interactions with the built and natural environment has made us aware of how much we miss the outdoors, culture, travelling and the simple act of being around people. Wildlife has begun to roam certain metropolitan areas while pollution in the air has dipped. The repercussion of maintaining social distance is a reduction in economic activity among other issues. However, within this dilemma lies a proposition.Couldn't we all benefit from slowing down and stopping for a moment though? What if we stopped more often? What if we participated in a collective global initiative called Recovery Space? Recovery Space is a proposal that is both a space and a global initiative that retrofits our homes as a highly modular and customizable space capable of meeting our needs of work and play during phases of planet recovery. The spaces are capable of projecting the outside world, connecting with the population, digitally creating contents, entertainment and other necessities. As citizens of the world we must coalesce and decide that once a year, for an extended period of time, we all are to recede into our Spaces and allow the world to recover. This coalition could happen all at once with all nations or as groups. While allowing essential individuals and groups to function in less strained environments while the rest of the population continues interacting digitally. Moving forward, it is evident that we must replenish our planet and allow it to function undeterred. We must change our behavior to allow the planet to heal.This moment of pause when administered voluntarily together, without the fear of health and economic loss would slowly propel the planet to heal and allow us to reach a sustainable, mindful and appreciative future.
Let's all Pause, Repeat and Recover.