It’s been a crazy few weeks. A couple of weeks ago, life in the U.S. was almost entirely normal with people going about their lives and only a hint of something in the air. The new coronavirus had only been named by World Health Organization (WHO) a few weeks earlier, and the Dow had bounced back up to 27,000 after dropping down off its previous all-time high to about 25,000. A week later, the market was in freefall, everyone was making plans to work from home, and grocery stores were getting bought out of nearly everything as people hurriedly stocked up. And now, with the Dow extending its losses to end up at nearly 19,000, most people are completing their first full week working from home while they worry about what’s coming down the road in the next few months. In many places outside our borders, things are even more uncertain and terrifying.

There’s a lot of news out there, and it’s nearly unavoidable. The world seems to be changing at the speed of Twitter, with a constant bombardment of developments from all quarters. At ARCHITECT, we’re spending our energies covering all of the stories in depth that we think impact the built environment and architecture most directly. Our Hanley Wood network of sister publications are covering tangentially connected stories about construction and building in detail as well. And then there’s the sea of other news, some of which you may or may not have seen. We’ll do what we can here each week to filter that for you, so that you can stay on top of the most important developments.

How COVID-19 Is Impacting Architecture and the Built Environment

On Thursday, AIA sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urging them to do everything they can to help business owners and their employees, including temporary financial relief, plus infrastructure spending, small business loans, changes to what pass-through companies can deduct, and more. [ARCHITECT]

The moment that the distant fears of what was transpiring in China started to blow toward our shores, practice and technology editor Wanda Lau was on the phone with firms and architects about how they were responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Updated periodically since then, this is an incredibly useful resource to use as a guide as your firm’s adaptation evolves over the coming weeks. [ARCHITECT]