The A&D community + coronavirus, May 01

May 1, 2020
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In this week’s A+D + coronavirus update, we share news of architecture challenges for children, Zaha Hadid’s cyber attack and more COVID-19 leadership advice from Australian architects and designers.

Foster + Partners shares architecture challenges for children in lockdown

The British architecture studio has published a series of architecture challenges for children in lockdown, including building a paper skyscraper and creating a city. Read on Foster + Partners >

Watch our Working from Home series

In this week’s collection of WFH videos, we hear from SJB interior design director and IDEA 2020 judge Andrew Parr, Rothelowman’s Sydney project design leader Conrad Lowry, Hames Sharley principal of people and culture Michael Wright and more. Watch the videos on ADR >

How the post-viral city can “bounce-forward” in urban greenery

ADR asks architecture and design experts for their recovery perspectives. Read on ADR >

Italian design brands reopen factories

Italian design brands including B&B Italia, Moroso and Minotti have reopened their factories with significant safety measures in place. Read on Dezeen >

NSW government rumoured to buy up spare housing in $500 million stimulus plan

The Berejiklian government is considering snapping up unsold apartments and fast-tracking construction as part of its coronavirus economic recovery plan. Read on SMH >

Zaha Hadid Architects suffers cyber attack during coronavirus lockdown

ZHA has warned other architecture and design practices to be alert for cyber hackers during the coronavirus pandemic after its servers were hacked and ransomed. Read on ADR >

Puey Quinones designs PPE cabin crew uniform for AirAsia

AirAsia has unveiled its new cabin crew uniforms complete with a boiler suit, face shield and mask created by Los Angeles designer Puey Quinones. Read on Puey Quinones >

ABC to premiere documentary on Richard Leplastrier

ABC is set to premiere a documentary on the reclusive Australian architect filmed over the course of 15 years. Read on ADR >

UN reveals design competition coronavirus posters

The United Nations and World Health Organisation have revealed the shortlisted posters from the design competition it launched last month. Read on the UN >

“Don’t be blinkered” in your COVID-19 leadership, says Articolo lighting designer Nicci Green

In another of our virtual fireside chat with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the Melbourne-based lighting designer is empathetic. Read on ADR >

How to keep your architecture practice afloat

UK architecture magazine Building Design has insight and advice on how small architecture practices can combat current, and future, financial issues. Read on Building Design >

Antony Gormley shares seven-day Instagram diary of life in lockdown

The British sculptor is among the artists who have collaborated to document their life and work in lockdown. Read on Instagram >

King Living launches Australia’s first virtual showroom

The furniture company launched its virtual showroom, making it easier for customers to shop its full collection from the couch. Read on ADR >

Uk fundraiser has masks featuring famous artists

Celebrities including Stephen Fry, David Baddiel and Elizabeth Hurley have modelled face masks designed by Ron Arad that will be sold to raise money for the UK’s National Health Service. Read on Smile for our NHS >

Architects mobilize their creativity in fight against COVID-19

In response to bed shortage and facility saturation, architects around the world are taking action in the on-going fight against the coronavirus. See examples of their work on ArchDaily >

Coronavirus-related emojis

Creative agency &Walsh has designed emojis (pictured above) that detail life during the coronavirus pandemic, including hand sanitiser, a tin of beans and healthcare workers dressed as superheroes. Read on &Walsh >

“Look to the new avenues” to come after COVID-19, says Shannon Peach

The Milieu property director advises practices to prepare for the “deferred activity” that will come later this year and into 2021. Read on ADR >

Will the coronavirus make the suburbs popular again?

The ABC has a new report on what the current crisis could mean for cities and the potential resurgence of suburban living. Read on the ABC>

A guide to the best interior design software

Architectural Digest shares the best software for interior designers working from home. Read on AD >

Lead photo: &Walsh

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