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A photograph of the staff dinning room at BT Central Training School, 1959, TCB 473/P 7119, ©️ BT Archives

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Xiaojuan Pang

︎The Market Place 2020 is a speculative UX design proposal, exploring how the potential benefits that telecommunications offer within the modern day can be implemented to create meaningful solutions to challenges arising from the Covid-19 pandemic in a near future, particularly in terms of food consumption. The pandemic has affected all aspects of social norms and behaviour—the issue of food, how we acquire it and consume it, has become pivotal.

︎ At the time of writing, The UK government is to reveal a “roadmap” out of the imposed lockdown, in which several measures are considered to let workplaces reopen. (BBC News, 4 May 2020) How will the way we eat at work change with the lifting of lockdown? Will workplace takeaways, shift-based lunches and food pre-ordering become the “new normal” when the Covid-19 crisis fades out? If so, how can telecommunication technologies facilitate these changes positively?