Architecture and Design Competitions to Keep You Busy During Quarantine

Design takes on myriad forms in the natural world, inside our heads, and in graphics software — and since we’re all cooped up at home during the coronavirus pandemic, it seems like the perfect time to unleash our creativity. At least one database is providing several options to do so.

Bustler, a site dedicated to keeping design aficionados entertained and challenged at all times, keeps an ongoing database of design and architecture competitions. Got any building ideas you always wanted to see implemented in the real world? The pandemic is just the opportunity you’ve been waiting for, so use the site’s deadline motivation to sharpen your pencils and reset the password on your digital design software. While the specific competitions on here come and go, there are generally always challenges in categories related to architectural design, housing solutions, and animal habitats.

These are the competitions currently going on,

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How The Quarantine Will Change Home Design

Not in recent memory have so many Americans carried out nearly every aspect of our lives—working, schooling, resting, playing, eating—at home. Spending so much time at home has meant we’ve had to rethink the way we use certain spaces, from setting up workspaces inside and out to popping up virtual happy hours from our living room sofas.

While many of these quick-fix design solutions are likely (and hopefully) temporary, there’s no doubt all of this time at home will change what we need from our homes—and thus how we want them designed—for the foreseeable future. One home design concept that may prove less desirable going forward: the open floor plan.

Used to describe homes in which two or more traditional-use rooms (like the kitchen, living room, and dining room) are combined to form a much larger space by eliminating walls that would have divided them, open floor plans have

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How to plan the perfect VE Day party at home

On Friday 8 May, the UK will mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day, otherwise known as “Victory in Europe Day”, which commemorates the day towards the end of the Second World War when fighting against Nazi Germany in Europe came to an end.

In recognition of this momentous historical event, the early May Day bank holiday has been moved from 1 to 8 May this year so lots of people will have the day off work on Friday to celebrate.

But unlike normal bank holiday dates, the UK will be forced to celebrate the occasion in lockdown.

This means many of us will have to forgo the usual street parties associated with VE Day celebrations as the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, who lead on these events, has said: “Our messaging on VE Day is clear that people should celebrate at home so there should

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We’re inside for a while, folks. And while we know it’s the right thing, it can be challenging. What do you do with the extra time once you’ve organized the cupboards, cleaned the attic, and really truly caught up on paperwork?

One word: learn.

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