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Daily coronavirus architecture and design briefing: 29 April

Daily coronavirus briefing: today’s architecture and design coronavirus briefing includes yin-yang airplane seating, a PPE suit for clubbing and news of Italian factories reopening.

Joe Doucet designs face shield to be a fashion accessory

New York designer Joe Doucet has revealed his concept for a face shield that could be worn like a pair of sunglasses. He said the design would be less “uncomfortable and awkward” than traditional alternatives (via Dezeen).

Aviointeriors proposes yin-yang seating for safer flying

Italian design firm Aviointeriors has designed a seating proposal (pictured above) called Janus – named after the Roman god with two faces – with a reversed centre seat to improve social distancing while flying (via SimpleFlying).

Washington Post visualises how viruses spread on airplanes

The Washington Post newspaper has created a visualisation that shows how a virus spreads from a single cough on a plane (via Washington Post).

Production Club designs drink- and vape-friendly PPE suit for clubbing during a pandemic

Creative studio Production Club has designed a personal protective suit for clubbing in the time of coronavirus, which includes features for phone integration and beverage and vape consumption (via Dezeen).

Italian design brands reopen factories with safety measures in place

Italian design brands including B&B Italia, Moroso and Minotti have reopened their factories today, as coronavirus lockdown restrictions in the country are finally eased (via Dezeen).

Almost no UK architects have a coronavirus recovery plan

According to research carried out by UK architecture magazine Building Design, almost 95 per cent of architecture studios in the UK do not have any business plan for how they will rebuild after lockdown ends (via Building Design).

Foster + Partners shares architecture challenges for children in lockdown

British architecture studio Foster + Partners is publishing a series of architecture challenges, including building a paper skyscraper and creating a city, to keep children in coronavirus lockdown entertained (via Dezeen).

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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