Stronger Together: How the A&D Community is Helping Others
As the novel coronavirus quickly rattled the world, forcing people to change the way they live and work indefinitely, the architecture and design community sprang into action—finding ways to help others, even as they faced their own respective challenges. From donating textiles for the creation of medical masks, to outfitting field hospitals in New York City with showers, to envisioning prototypes for patient body shields and funding meals for food banks, the community continues to step up.
Though some parts of the world are beginning to transition out of quarantine, life is hardly snapping back to the way it once was. As we continue adapting to the new normal and navigating the return to public spaces, protective gear seems here to stay—at least for now. Take a look at how more than 60 designers, manufacturers, universities, and industry groups found innovative ways to make use of their skills, equipment, and spaces to help the greater good over the past few weeks.
The following list is organized alphabetically by cause and features the names of firms that lent a helping hand.
3-D Printing Masks and Equipment
Producing/Donating/Designing Masks, PPE, and Medical Gowns
FederlegnoArredo and Salone del Mobile.Milano
Massimo Iosa Gina – Iosa Ghini Associati
The House of Scalamandré + STARK + MaskClub
University of Southern California School of Architecture
Producing / Creating Prototypes for Face + Body Shields + Equipment for Medical Centers
Donating Fabric for Masks and Gear
Community Support through Funding Initiatives & Donations, Virtual Visits/Events, and Classes
> See our full coverage of COVID-19 and its impact on the A&D industry
ThinkLab, the research division of SANDOW, is gathering information about our industry’s response to COVID-19. Click here if you’d like to participate.