Ever since prime minister Boris Johnson recommended that we stay indoors more than a month ago, architects around the country have been severely restricted in how they can work, socialise and pursue their interests.
But it has been heartening to see that organisations across the globe have stepped up to do their part, making a wealth of resources available, often for free, to encourage us all to stay indoors, but remain active and entertained.
From the comfort of your home, you can tune into anything from Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals to classic Formula 1 races, but for this blog I will specifically focus on what’s out there for anyone with an interest in architecture, whether you’re a professional, a student or merely a keen observer.
Explore famous architecture
Many properties designed and built by world-renowned architects have been made available for virtual visitors. Some of these are in remote locations, or are privately owned, meaning that even without the lockdown they would be a rare treat to explore.
Antoni Gaudí’s Casa Battló
Philip Johnson’s The Glass House
12 Frank Lloyd Wright buildings
Tour famous galleries
One of the most rewarding aspects of visiting a new city can be browsing its galleries and museums. (Faris Mousa: Fascinating architecture and beautiful food in northern Spain) Travel may be off the table for now, but there are plenty of institutions which are available to view – in high resolution and often in 3D – virtually.
Guided tour of the Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg
Virtual tour of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence
See inside The Guggenheim in New York
Brush up on your skills
The extra spare time that the lockdown presents is a gift for anyone looking to add to their knowledge, learn something new, or even add a few lines to their CV. There is a wealth of architecture books, seminars and other resources that will both keep you busy and enhance your career.
Best architecture books
Free photography resources
Involve the kids
Many parents who are homeschooling at the moment have new-found respect for teachers and their ability to source constant entertainment for active and excitable children. The architecture world is playing its part to help. Foster and Partners, for example, has launched its #architecturefromhome series to inspire bright young minds.