Daily coronavirus architecture and design briefing

Daily coronavirus architecture and design briefing: 9 April

Daily coronavirus briefing: today's architecture and design coronavirus briefing includes magazine covers and movie posters that reflect the pandemic, as well as face shields by Nike, Adidas and Apple.

10 magazine covers that offer creative takes on the coronavirus crisis

As the coronavirus pandemic continues its spread across the globe, art directors and artists are using magazine covers as a visual commentary on the crisis (via Dezeen).

RIBA furloughs third of staff

The Royal Institute of British Architects has confirmed that it will be using the UK government's Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to furlough 30 per cent of its 300-strong workforce (via Architects' Journal).

Nike designs face shields and lenses for air-purifying respirators

Sports brand Nike has used materials from its footwear and clothing to create face shields and lenses for air-purifying respirators, which are used to safeguard medical workers in contaminated areas (via Dezeen).

Movie posters updated to reflect social distancing

The artwork for movies including ET, Titanic, Jaws and Trainspotting have been updated, with characters moved further apart to reflect current social-distancing recommendations in place in many countries (via Little White Lines).

Recycled plastic turned into face shields and hands-free door handles to fight coronavirus

Recycling initiative Precious Plastic's open-source machines are being used to recycle plastic and turn it into face shields, respirator masks and hands-free door handles to fight coronavirus (via Dezeen).

Apple reveals face shield design

Apple has unveiled its design for a face shield to protect health workers fighting coronavirus, which it is producing in the millions (via Dezeen).

Zara social distances logo

Spanish fashion retailer Zara has separately the letters in its logo, which were pushed up closely together as part of a controversial rebrand by Baron & Baron last year, to promote social distancing. The move follows similar resigns by brands including Volkswagen, Audi and McDonalds (via Zara Twitter).

Parsons School of Design documents objects of our isolation

The Observational Practices Lab at New York's Parsons School of Design is inviting people to share images taken in isolation to create The Atlas of Everyday Objects (via It's Nice That).

Adidas and Carbon 3D-printing face shields 

Sportswear brand Adidas and 3D printing company Carbon, which usually collaborate to create 3D-printed footwear, have started manufacturing 50,000 face shields a week (via Carbon).

Simple origami face shield can be folded from single sheet of plastic

Researchers at the University of Cambridge and the University of Queensland have created the HappyShield, an origami face shield that is made by folding a sheet of clear plastic (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.