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The A&D community + coronavirus, May 08

May 8, 2020
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In this week’s A+D + coronavirus update, we share news of design solutions for the post-pandemic world, strategies for rebounding and an architecture-themed colouring book.

Illustrator Anna Gibb draws Isolation Escapes architecture montage

The British architect and illustrator has combined buildings by architects including Le Corbusier and Mies Van der Rohe to create an architectural montage of places people would rather be quarantined in during the coronavirus pandemic (pictured above). Read on The Guardian >

Milieu Hospitality launches OPEN KITCHEN

From 12 May, Milieu Hospitality will launch OPEN KITCHEN, an initiative offering complimentary meals to hospitality professionals who have lost their jobs or had hours dramatically reduced and are not eligible for Australian government support. All meals will be vegetarian and serve two people. Meals will be made available from Milieu Hospitality’s Congress in Collingwood. Read more on Open Kitchen >

Watch our Working from Home series

In this week’s collection of WFH videos, we hear from Architectus’ Marina Carroll and more. Watch the videos on ADR >

Self-care tips for architects and designers WFH

Week five of lockdown and we’re all feeling the strain, so we’ve rounded up the top self-care tips to help you get through another week of working from home. Read on ADR >

‘Living Architecture’ key to post-pandemic cities

Lessons can be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic to design people-friendly buildings and cities that embrace the natural environment, according to UNSW associate professor Paul Osmond. Read on Urban Developer >

Help staff members “feel connected and safe in their roles” during COVID-19, says Greenbox Architecture

This week’s virtual fireside chat is a little different as we reach out to Greenbox Architecture to see how the Sydney practice is approaching leadership during COVID-19. Read on ADR >

Scott Brownrigg’s Social Contact Pod lets people visit vulnerable family during pandemic

The British architecture firm has developed a concept for a pod with a transparent divider to allow people to meet vulnerable relatives safely. Read on Dezeen >

Australian leaders given two strategies for rebounding from COVID-19

Maintaining strict lockdowns until June could drive a 50 per cent greater economic boost than if measures were slowly eased a month earlier, under one of two COVID-19 recovery plans presented to the government. Read on SMH >

HUA HUA Architects designs socially distanced public space

The Czech practice has designed an outdoor eating prototype that reconciles people, restaurants and public space during COVID-19. Read on ADR >

‘Now is the time to reeducate yourself,’ says Alexandra Donohoe Church

In another of our virtual fireside chat with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the founder of Sydney’s Decus Interiors is the dream boss. Read on ADR >

Casa Plenaire designs an imaginary holiday home for lockdown escapism

Designed as a “hideaway for the lockdown world”, Casa Plenaire is seen through a series of dreamy renderings created using 3D modelling programs. Read on Dezeen >

Free colouring book features projects from Oscar Niemeyer and Luis Barragán

Carmelina&Aurelio Architecture Studio has released a free book with architectural illustrations to colour. It features the Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo’s House-Studio Museum, Casa Barragán, the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum, the Gabriel García Márquez Central Library and more. Download the PDF book >

Spaced Apart launches online symposium

Spaced Apart will launch a free online design, art, photography and sound symposium to “brings us closer together while we are spaced apart” from May 14. Watch on Spaced Apart >

Ambience Lighting launches free webinar

A free webinar guide to lighting design covering the basics and the possibilities of light from the Australian company. Sign up on Ambience Lighting >

Carlo Ratti’s Pura-Case uses “ozone power” to sanitise clothes

The Italian studio has designed a concept for a battery-powered wardrobe purifier that uses ozone to remove bacteria and viruses from the user’s clothes. Read on Carlo Ratti >

Watch all eight episodes of Netflix’s Abstract: The Art of Design series

Netflix has made all eight episodes of its documentary series Abstract: The Art of Design, which features set designer Es Devlin, architect Bjarke Ingels and interior designer Ilse Crawford, available to watch for free during coronavirus lockdown. Watch on Netflix >

Lead photograph: Anna Gibb.

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