American architects mobilise to make coronavirus face shields for hospital workers

This week, architects and designers created medical equipment to fight coronavirus

This week on Dezeen, designers created face shields, mask holders and an emergency hospital to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.

BIG, KPF and Handel Architects, were among the architectural studios in the USA that have begun 3D-printing face shields to protect health workers who are short of personal protective equipment.

MIT develops one-piece Covid-19 face shields for mass-manufacture
MIT develops one-piece plastic face shields for coronavirus medics

Researchers from MIT developed their own face shield. The extremely simple shield is made from a single piece of plastic, which can be shipped flat and turned into a 3D mask when required by medical staff.

Chinese 3D-printer manufacturer Creality also developed a device to help health care workers. Its 3D-printed buckle is designed to make wearing face masks for long periods more comfortable.

Coronavirus hospital NHS Nightingale at London's ExCel Centre by BDP
ExCel centre "obvious choice" to convert into coronavirus hospital says BDP

As coronavirus continues to spread, several conference centres around the world have been converted into coronavirus hospitals. In the UK, architecture studio BDP turned the ExCel centre in east London into a 4,000-bed hospital called NHS Nightingale.

Speaking to Dezeen, BDP's James Hepburn said that converting convention centres is the most efficient way to increase intensive-care capacity.

In Germany, Opposite Office proposed converting another large building – Berlin's unfinished Brandenburg airport – into a temporary hospital.

Virtual Design Festival
Dezeen announces Virtual Design Festival starting 15 April

In response to the continued coronavirus pandemic and the resulting lockdowns in countries around the world, Dezeen has launched Virtual Design Festival – the world's first online design festival.

The platform aims to bring the architecture and design world together to celebrate the culture and commerce of our industry and will host a rolling programme of online talks, lectures, movies and product launches.

To get involved email us at virtualdesignfestival@dezeen.com.

Working from home "the new normal" for architects and designers
Working from home "the new normal" for architects and designers

Architects and designers, including Carlo Ratti Associati, BIG, Snøhetta and Pearson Lloyd, spoke to Dezeen about how the lockdowns and working from home was impacting the work of their creative businesses.

"The scale of this shift is just unprecedented and will surely lead to new ways of working," said Sheela Søgaard, partner at BIG.

10 architecture films to watch in coronavirus isolation
10 films with amazing architecture to stream during coronavirus self-isolation

With hundreds of millions of people in numerous countries around the world on lockdown or self-isolating, Dezeen rounded up 10 films with amazing architecture to stave off the stay-at-home boredom.

We also created a list of Instagram accounts that are creating light-hearted content, for those that want some relief from the coronavirus news.

Our Face to Face podcast series continued with an interview with British architect David Chipperfield, who spoke about his childhood on a farm, struggles with school and Zaha Hadid's hand in passing his architecture diploma. He also explained why he still suffers from imposter syndrome.

"I have a sense of purpose maybe but I don't have innate creative talents to the level of someone like Renzo [Piano] or maybe Frank Gehry or Álvaro Siza," he said in the podcast. "So in that sense, I feel a bit of a fake."

The Parchment Works by Will Gamble Architects
The Parchment Works house extension built inside ruined stone walls

Popular projects on Dezeen this week included a house built on stilts above the River Thames flood plain, a house extension built inside a ruin and a pair of Toronto townhouses separated by a slender gap by Ancerl Studio.