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This Foster + Partners-designed building as been turned into a coronavirus clinic

Daily coronavirus architecture and design briefing: 20 April

Daily coronavirus briefing: today's architecture and design coronavirus briefing includes the conversion of a Foster + Partners-designed college building, open-source hoods and optimism from Spain.

Spanish design brands "optimistic" as factories reopen after lockdown

Manufacturers in Spain are reopening their factories after two weeks in total lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus, with brands to promising to "bounce back" (via Dezeen).

Foster + Partners' Cleveland Clinic medical school becomes coronavirus hospital

The Foster + Partners-designed Samson Pavilion at the Cleveland Clinic medical school has been converted into a Covid-19 hospital that could house up to 1,000 patients. A picture posted by Norman Foster on Instagram shows the building's 25-foot-high central Delos M Cosgrove courtyard fitted out with beds divided by scaffolding pole enclosures.

"An almost instant conversion of our Cleveland Clinic medical school into a Covid-19 hospital," wrote Foster (via Norman Foster on Instagram).

Architect and medics collaborate on "unprecedented" project to develop open-source hoods to protect healthcare workers

Boston architect Eric Höweler has helped local doctors develop patient isolation hoods – a new type of device that could save the lives of healthcare workers and "impact things worldwide" in the fight against coronavirus (via Dezeen).

Dutch scientists publish post-coronavirus degrowth manifesto

A group of 170 scientists in the Netherlands have put together a manifesto calling on politicians adopt a degrowth strategy for a "radically more sustainable" approach to take advantage of the systematic disruption caused by Covid-19 (via Trouw).

Fabio Novembre calls for architects and designers to help create a new world order after coronavirus

Designer Fabio Novembre questions the desire to return to normal after the coronavirus pandemic, claiming that "the virus is in the system we used to live in", in a video message recorded for Virtual Design Festival. (via Dezeen).

Augmented-reality exhibition launched to sell artwork during pandemic

Designer Sebastian Errazuriz has created an online exhibition that allows collectors to preview artworks in their home using augmented reality tools during the coronavirus pandemic (via Dezeen).

Plane delivering medical equipment to Iceland draws giant heart

An Icelandair aircraft carrying medical supplied from China to Iceland has used its flight path to create a heart-shape above the country (via FlightRadar24).

Danielle Elsener creates open-source pattern for scrubs

Designer Danielle Elsener has created a zero-waste pattern for scrubs that can be used to make the protective clothing as global supplies dwindle (via Danielle Elsener).

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.

Main image is by Nigel Young.