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Daily coronavirus architecture and design briefing: 28 April

Daily coronavirus briefing: today’s architecture and design coronavirus briefing includes AirAsia’s PPE cabin crew uniforms, a “bubble shield” and the UN’s coronavirus posters.

“This is not a hospital” says architect behind conversion of McCormick Place

Convention centres that have been rapidly turned into facilities for coronavirus patients should not be called hospitals, says Doug King, the healthcare principal of Stantec, which has overseen the transformation of Chicago’s McCormick Place (via Dezeen).

Puey Quinones designs PPE cabin crew uniform for AirAsia

Airline AirAsia has unveiled its new cabin crew uniforms (above) that include a full set of personal protective equipment (PPE). Created by Los Angeles designer Puey Quinones, the stewards will be dressed in a boiler suit, face shield and mask (via Puey Quinones).

UN reveals informative coronavirus posters

The United Nations and World Health Organisation have revealed a series of posters encouraging people to social distance and stay at home that are the results of an open call launched last month (via UN).

Design Libero creates inflatable bubble shield to protect against coronavirus

Milan design studio Design Libero has envisioned a “bubble shield” that would purify air to protect its wearer from coronavirus (via Business Insider).

Poland introduces vending machines selling face masks and hand sanitiser

Vending machines selling hand sanitiser and face masks have been installed in four cities in southern Poland (via TheMayor.EU)

How to keep your architecture practice afloat

UK architecture magazine Building Design has provided some insight and advice on how small architecture practices can combat current, and future, financial issues (via Building Design).

New York to close 40 miles of roads to create space for walkers

New York mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that 40 miles of streets in the city will be closed next month to create more room for people to walk safely (via Bloomberg).

UK’s Royal Mint to make two million visors for NHS staff

The Royal Mint in the UK has designed a face shield and is now manufacturing 100,000 items per week (via ITV).

Keep up with developments by following Dezeen’s coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. For news of impacted events, check Dezeen Events Guide’s dedicated coronavirus page.

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