As the global health crisis continues, architects and designers are putting their expertise, technical capabilities and research skills in the service of the fight against the coronavirus. Metropolis Magazine has gathered together a list of several companies and their different initiatives for helping out in this novel situation. From 3d-printing personal protection equipment for medical staff, to designing modular intensive care units, and researching steps for converting buildings into hospitals, the creative community is bringing its own contribution to the efforts of tackling the pandemic. Different types of businesses are getting involved in filling the shortage of personal protective equipment. Lighting design company, Rich Brilliant Willing teamed up with 3D printing firm iMakr to produce 10.000 face shields for the New York City healthcare workers. The 3D printing technology has proven its capabilities and practical utility in this time of crisis, as several architecture practices such as BIG, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Handel Architects and many more used their in-house digital fabrication tools to produce face shields.
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