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The A+D community + coronavirus weekly update, 24 April

The A+D community + coronavirus weekly update, 24 April


In this week’s A+D + coronavirus update, we share maps of our deserted cities, shipping container intensive care units and the first of our virtual fireside chats with Australian architects and designers about leadership during COVID-19.

Coronavirus could reverse trend for open plan offices

The World Economic Forum has published an article highlighting 10 ways office design could be impacted by coronavirus. Read on the World Economic Forum >

Architects and designers make masks for post-coronavirus reality

Architects and designers around the world are responding to global mask shortages by sharing the designs for DIY, 3D-printed and CNC-cut masks. Read on ADR >

Australia makes cheaper ventilator in a month

An Australian-made ventilator that costs a tenth of the price of existing models has been brought to life in just four weeks. Read on the ABC >

Map shows empty Australian cities

The ABC has created a series of maps showing the abandoned playgrounds, empty highways and deserted streets of our capital cities during the coronavirus lockdown. View on the ABC >

“As a leader, it’s all about creating a sense of certainty amid the uncertainty,” says Kate Challis

Australian studio and practice leaders are responding to the coronavirus pandemic in different ways. For the Melbourne interior designer, the focus is on providing certainty for her staff. Read on ADR >

Shipping-container intensive care unit installed at Turin hospital

The first shipping container intensive care unit designed by Italian architects Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota has been opened in a hospital in Turin. Read on Carlo Ratti >

Hames Sharley designs Perth precinct for post COVID-19

A revitalised city heart designed by Hames Sharley awaits Perth shoppers and commuters after the COVID-19 isolation period passes. Read on ADR >

Notre Dame restoration works resume

Work on restoring the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris will gradually resume on Monday after the coronavirus lockdown forced a halt. Read on France 24 >

“Beware of rushing into new areas to make up for lost business,” says Paul Conrad

In the second our virtual fireside chats with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, we speak to the principal of the eponymous Melbourne architectural and interior design practice. Read on ADR >

City businesses adapt to COVID-19 with grants

The City of Melbourne has awarded the first tranche of $5 million grants as part of its financial support package to help businesses adapt to COVID-19 restrictions. Read on the City of Melbourne >

Reflections on architecture’s relationship with the planet

To mark yesterday’s Earth Day, Niall Patrick Walsh reflects on the architect’s role in shaping a healthy, sustainable and ethical relationship between us and the planet. Read on Archdaily >

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 >

AIA Conference on Architecture 2020 is officially cancelled

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has officially cancelled its annual conference due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Read on the AIA >

A closer look at the Chinese hospitals built to control the COVID-19 pandemic

Archdaily explores the 30 temporary hospitals built across the country in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Read on Archdaily >

Plans for a COVID19 mobile test unit available as an open source download

The Turkish design lab Nurus has released free plans to design and engineer a mobile unit in which to perform swab testing in absolute safety and in full compliance with the necessary health and privacy regulations. See the plans on Nurus >

Artists create hopeful posters for #AloneTogether campaign

Artists and designers including Vivienne Westwood, Christopher Kane and Wolfgang Tillmans have created protest-style posters about coronavirus for Dazed Media. See the posters on Dezeen >

Banksy creates installation inside his own bathroom

The notoriously private artist has released photos of an installation of mischievous rats causing chaos in his bathroom with the caption: “My wife hates it when I work from home”. See the installation on Instagram >

Architect Andrés Jaque and New York-based scholar Ivan Munuera produce film exploring the visual landscape of coronavirus

Called The Transscalar Architecture of COVID-19, the 13-minute film explores the pandemic through a montage of images of spaces of different scales. Watch the film on Youtube >

Australian arts online guide

The ABC has put together a guide of the best livestreams and on-demand comedy, music, theatre and exhibitions. Read on ABC >

Italian art dealer Massimo De Carlo launches ‘virtual space’

The first of its kind in the art world, VSpace is an immersive exhibition setting that any viewer can enjoy through the gallery’s website. VSpace has been inaugurated with a joint show featuring Swiss artist John Armleder, and American post-conceptual artist Rob Pruitt. Read on Massimo De Carlo >

NGV launches series of online programmes

Watch a five-part guided video tour led by senior curator of Indigenous art Judith Ryan AM through Marking Time: Indigenous Art.

Catch the immerse virtual tour of Japanese Modernism, showcasing more than 190 multi-disciplinary works created during the first half of the 20th century

Listen to audio recordings of contributors to She Persists, offering unique insights into significant NGV Collection works, in an exploration of women’s contribution to art and design from the 17th-21st century.   

Watch Drop-by Drawing to learn drawing tips and tricks from some of Victoria’s most engaging contemporary artists.

Find out more at the NGV >

Studio Ghibli shares free video call backgrounds

The Japanese animation film studio has so far provided eight wallpapers from its iconic films that you can use in your next video chat for free. Download them on Studio Ghibli >

Antonio Lanzillo & Partners designs post-COVID-19 bench

The Milanese design studio has released Shield, benches that integrate plexiglass dividers to keep people at a safe distance and thus limit the possibility of contagion. Benches pictured above. Read on Antonio Lanzillo & Partners >

Lead image courtesy of Antonio Lanzillo & Partners.


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