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How we can redesign cities to fight future pandemics

Adele Peters voor Fast Company:

If you’re walking around the city and there’s actually nowhere where you can wash your hands or use a public toilet, you’ve actually created a scenario that you’re forcing people to actually take risks that they maybe don’t want to take.

Dat stoort me al heel lang: het gebrek aan openbaar sanitair in ons land. Op het station moet je betalen om het toilet te mogen gebruiken. Lijkt me een wenselijke investering…

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How to Spend the Time

Dahlia Lithwick op Slate:

Now we are in the next phase, or if you aren’t, you may soon be. This is the phase in which you begin to fill your newfound time learning that someone you know has the virus, someone else you know is extremely sick with the virus, and someone you know has just died from the virus. The great thickening of friendship and community that came in the days before the virus means that these losses are thicker too. Punch in the throat, punch in the throat, punch in the throat. The frantic schedule of online concerts and quarantinis starts to recede because the days are filled with the horror of what’s been lost and what might be lost and also with taking your temperature, which can take a good deal of time, especially when you’re terrified. And the worst part is the knowledge that it’s still going to get worse.

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Five Trends Shaping Medium-Term Policy

Quillette:

One early prototype for the kind of flexible and graduated policy that all nations may eventually adopt is provided by New Zealand, which now has a system of four COVID-19 “alert levels”: (1) Prepare, (2) Reduce, (3) Restrict, and (4) Eliminate.

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Coronavirus: The Hammer and the Dance

Thomas Pueyo in een uitgebreid Medium-artikel:

During the Hammer period, politicians want to lower R as much as possible, through measures that remain tolerable for the population. In Hubei, they went all the way to 0.32. We might not need that: maybe just to 0.5 or 0.6.

But during the Dance of the R period, they want to hover as close to 1 as possible, while staying below it over the long term term. That prevents a new outbreak, while eliminating the most drastic measures.

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These famous logos have been remade for the coronavirus age

AdAge:

Jure Tovrljan, a creative director based in Slovenia, has given makeovers to famous brand’s logos to make them more relevant for the coronavirus age.

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With Live Sports Gone, Announcer Offers Play by Play of the Everyday

The New York Times:

The narration begins customarily, with the play-by-play announcer enthusiastically welcoming his audience live to a competition unfolding on the screen.

Zie:

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Lockdown Life, dag 8

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Coronavirus offers “a blank page for a new beginning” says Li Edelkoort

Li Edelkoort?

Born in the Netherlands in 1950, Edelkoort is regarded as one of the world’s most influential trend forecasters, advising fashion companies and consumer brands around the world. In 2003, Time magazine named her one of the 25 most influential people in fashion. She was director of Design Academy Eindhoven from 1998 to 2008.

En wat voorspelt ze in Dezeen?

Therefore, if we are wise – which sadly we now know we aren’t – we will start up again with new rules and regulations, allowing countries to get back to their knowhow and specific qualities, introducing cottage industries that would flourish and grow into an arts-and-crafts century, where manual labour is cherished above everything else.

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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Peter Wehner in The Atlantic:

It has taken a good deal longer than it should have, but Americans have now seen the con man behind the curtain. The president, enraged for having been unmasked, will become more desperate, more embittered, more unhinged. He knows nothing will be the same. His administration may stagger on, but it will be only a hollow shell. The Trump presidency is over.

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Snapchat Sees Surge in Downloads of Digital Face Masks

Hehehehehe:

Snap Inc. has seen a 10-fold surge in downloads since the beginning of the month of a tool that makes calls on services like Zoom Video Communications Inc. and Google Hangouts a bit more lighthearted. The feature, called Snap Camera, allows people to overlay their faces with an augmented-reality filter, turning them into a talking toilet-paper roll or slice of pizza, or evening out skin tone for those who would prefer not to apply makeup while working at home. 

Maandag eens proberen.