12 movies with dreamy homes to distract you during lockdown

If week five of coronavirus lockdown is giving you the case of cabin fever, we’ve chosen 12 films with dreamy interiors that can offer some escape from your own four walls. The Holiday, 2006 There is some serious envy in watching this Christmas-themed flick since it centres around something we can’t do for the foreseeable […]

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

Read the books you’ve been meaning to read and tackle all the back burner jobs one at a time is the advice from interior designer Alexandra Donohoe Church. In another of our virtual fireside chats with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the founder of Sydney’s Decus Interiors is the […]

HUA HUA Architects designs socially distanced public space

Czech Republic based HUA HUA Architects has designed an outdoor eating prototype that reconciles people, restaurants and public space during COVID-19.  Social distancing has proven to be the most effective way of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic but the impact of these regulations on the economy have been profound. HUA HUA Architects’ Gastro Safe Zone program […]

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 as a studio. Greenbox works across a variety of project types and sizes from single dwellings to multi-res, office fit-outs, data centres and commercial buildings. Its focus as […]

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. With most of us now doing what we can to work from home, it’s easy to feel somewhat confined, or isolated. This can be particularly true […]

The A&D community + coronavirus, May 01

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 […]

Activist design in the age of COVID-19

COVID-19 presents an opportunity to move design from offshore production systems to local manufacturing. Dr Guy Keulemans, practice-led researcher at UNSW Art & Design, says that the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on offshore production models is a reminder of the fragility of these systems and represents an opportunity for Australian design to reinvest in local manufacturing. […]

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

Amid the doom and gloom predictions for our economy and the A&D industry, Milieu director Shannon Peach advises practices to prepare for the “deferred activity” that he believes will come later this year. In our latest virtual fireside chat with Australian architects and designers about leadership in the time of COVID-19, the director of the […]

Cloud software stress-tested during COVID-19

COVID-19 has prompted a high-stakes stress-test of the architecture and design industry’s cloud infrastructure and remote working capacity.  Cloud-based software has become the backbone of COVID-19’s global virtual collaboration experiment on a scale never previously experienced, with Microsoft reporting a 775% spike in demand for cloud services. The A&D industry has been historically reluctant to […]

Zaha Hadid Architects ransomed by cyber hackers

Zaha Hadid Architects has warned other architecture and design practices to be alert for cyber hackers during the coronavirus pandemic after its servers were hacked and ransomed. The firm discovered that a computer in its London office had been remotely accessed last week. It later received a message on its server saying internal company data […]

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 […]