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

Constant through the escalation, peaks and stagnations of COVID-19 has been a society-wide rumour mill about what a post-viral world might look like.  Predictions and questions have ranged from the logistical to the philosophical. Will remote work become commonplace, having been stress-tested by the pandemic? Will our healthcare infrastructure learn this period’s tough lessons? How […]

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

Look for the opportunities you weren’t open to or even aware of before because you were “blinkered” is Nicci Green’s advice to anyone running a business during the coronavirus pandemic. 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 behind Articolo […]

Watch our Working from Home video series, part 4

Part four of our Working from Home video series sees a colourful, art-filled office/ indoor swimming pool, a camera confident pre-teen and more great tips on maintaining health and wellness from all over the country. Last week we took a peek into the home offices of Gray Puksand Victorian partner Mark Freeman, Krost A&D manager […]

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 […]

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

Weather the storm by sticking to your current strategies and not rushing into new fields is Paul Conrad’s leadership advice to practices working through the coronavirus pandemic. In the second of our virtual fireside chats with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the principal of the eponymous Melbourne architectural and […]

Architects and designers make masks for post-coronavirus reality

Architects and designers around the world are responding to global mask shortages caused by the coronavirus outbreak by sharing the designs for DIY, 3D-printed and CNC-cut masks. The Federal Government has predicted lockdown measures will remain in place for another three weeks, but even after restrictions are eased, social distancing and masks are likely to […]

“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 Kate Challis, the focus is on providing certainty for her staff in an environment of unprecedented uncertainty. Last week, we chatted to a range of designers, architects, urban developers and furniture makers to see how they’re handling the current situation […]

The A+D community + coronavirus weekly update, 17 April

In this week’s A+D + coronavirus update, we share news of Australia pulling out of the Venice Biennale, a stack of international design grants and the world’s first virtual design festival. COVID-19 design innovation grants The International Design Awards and European Product Design Awards have introduced four special COVID-19 design innovation grants, inviting designers and innovators worldwide to […]

Watch our Working from Home video series, part 3

Part three of our Working from Home video series sees beautifully minimalist desks, ginger tabbies and world-first office reveals as architects, designers and creatives across Australia and the world continue to send love and share advice during the coronavirus outbreak. Last week, we heard from principal Adam Kane, interior designer Carole Whiting, Futurespace managing director […]

Woods Bagot designs adaptable apartment in response to WFH

Woods Bagot’s has designed AD-APT, a modular system showing how families and flatmates can adapt apartments to working from home. The firm designed the model after the en masse shift to working from home following the coronavirus outbreak exposed “the benefits (and challenges) to a far wider range of the population than ever before. “Once the […]

What to do if you’ve had projects cancelled or postponed

Postponed or cancelled projects are nothing new, but the government’s stop-work orders following the coronavirus outbreak has transformed what was a rare occurrence into an industry wide phenomena. We spoke to a handful of Australian designers and architects as well as an industry expert to get their strategies for dealing with postponed or cancelled projects. […]