Covid-19 took over CES 2021: highlights and trends from the world’s most influential tech event

CES 2021 backstage - Courtesy of CES.

CES 2021 went all-digital, featuring more than 1900 exhibitors representing the entire tech spectrum from automotive to 5G, smart cities and beyond. From rollable smartphones to self-driving race-cars… But the real protagonist was Covid-tech.

2020 round up: best 10 COVID-19 related architecture and design stories

10 COVID-19 related architecture and design stories of 22020. CURA by CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati - Photo by Max Tomasinelli

From shipping containers turned into ICUs to to ‘silent’ architectural photo-essays, functional & safe furnitures and iconic techno clubs reopening as art spaces. We rounded up 10 Covid-19 related architecture and design stories of 2020.

‘Related Stories’ architectural film series by JPAG Atelier narrates lockdown self-discovery as apartments became micro-cities

RELATED STORIES by JPAG Atelier - The Kitchen. Image by JPAG Atelier.

The pandemic has forced us to think hard and get creative to convert our homes from anti-pandemic prisons to friendlier, even productive living spaces. For the RELATED STORIES project, JPAG studio has created colorful billboards placed outside of Beirut apartments and short videos narrating the physical and emotional change each home has undergone.

‘Fata Morgana’ pavilion by Hozan Zangana: Middle Eastern heritage meets social distancing in Dubai

Dubai Design Week 2020 Abwab. FATA MORGANA by Hozan Zangana - Courtesy of Dubai Design Week.

Seven pillars and safely distanced public seatings compose Hozan Zangana’s ‘Fata Morgana’ centripetal installation in the heart of Dubai where people can safely cross each other’s paths according to Middle Eastern construction techniques.

Dubai Design Week 2020: 10 highlights on show under the Burj Khalifa

Dubai Design Week 2019 - Photo vias IG via @mydubai

The city’s inaugural architectural festival, convertible benches and a palm tree textile design celebration. We have rounded up 10 highlights on show at Dubai Design Week 2020 kicking off on November 9.

Dutch Design Week 2020: 10 virtual exhibitions on show

RISING FROM THE RUBBLES virtual exhibition by Movimento club -Image by Dao Archviz.

Judgemental algorithms, living coffins and independent design rising from the rubbles. 10 highlights at Dutch Design Week 2020!

London Design Festival 2020: 7 phygital highlights on show

London Design Festival 2020, graphic design by Studio Pentagram - Courtest of LDF.

A Victorian greenhouse with a warning climate change message, dogs’ architecture, biophilic design and architectural soundscapes explorations. London Design Festival 2020 goes ‘phygital’, focusing on the city’s resilient imprint.

Berlin’s infamous club Berghain reopens as an art space

STUDIO BERLIN exhibition at Berghain - Photo via IG by @monicakalpakian.

Famed temple of techno music Berghain has reinvented itself as an art gallery featuring sound installations and art projects by Tacita Dean, Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Tillmans and more.

Summer 2020: 5 unbuilt pavilions due to the COVID-19 emergency

Pavilion of African Diaspora by Ini Archibong x London Design Biennale 2020 - Image by Ini Archibong.

From Burning Man’s ‘Empyrean’ temple to Tokyo Olympics and Venice Biennale architectures. 5 unbuilt pavilions we will be able to visit after the pandemic.

The ‘Scream The House Down’ project funnels lockdown frustration screams into an urban light installation

SCREAM THE HOUSE DOWN project - Courtesy of Marcus Lyall and Illuminate Productions.

With social distancing still in place and tensions continuing to rise, London-based artist Marcus Lyall and not-for-profit arts organisation Illuminate Productions have transformed a soon-to-be-demolished office block in London Bridge into ‘Scream The House Down’, a light-responsive public artwork. “Please scream responsibly!”

10 office space dividers to safely team up in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

ROOM DIVIDERS by Dutch Invertuals - Photo bt Ronald Smits

10 space dividers to create post-COVID-19 flexible office spaces from paper softwalls unfolding like accordions to hued glass panels creating see-through geometries of light and Lapland villages-inspired working pods.