How should L.A. be redesigned for coronavirus? Are doorknobs out? We asked the experts

From theaters to open offices, design in the age of COVID-19 will change the way cities look. <span class="copyright">(Jiaqi Wang / For The Times)</span>
From theaters to open offices, design in the age of COVID-19 will change the way cities look. (Jiaqi Wang / For The Times)

In another time, not long ago, an elevator was a conveyance to reach a higher floor, an open office was a spot to clock eight hours while hoping your boss didn’t catch you checking Facebook and a doorknob was one of those banalities of architecture that seemed to warrant attention only when it needed replacing.

What a difference a virus makes.

To live through the COVID-19 pandemic is to see the surfaces of our cities rewritten by invisible narratives of contagion. Elevators now seem like intolerably small spaces to share with a stranger. The open-plan office, with its recirculated air and countless shared surfaces, feels like a flu buffet. And that humble doorknob? It could play a starring role as a protagonist named Critical Vector in

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Home Depot just slashed prices on patio furniture—save up to 35 percent

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Just add frozen margaritas. (Photo: The Home Depot)
Just add frozen margaritas. (Photo: The Home Depot)

Even if your summer plans look different than expected, you can still spend the next three months sunbathing, grilling and lounging—all in the comfort of home.

If your outdoor space looks more like the backdrop for a scary movie than the oasis of your dreams, you’re in luck: Home Depot is having a massive sale on patio furniture. From lounge chairs to gazebos and everything in between, you can give your yard or patio the makeover it needs without spending a fortune.

Scroll down for the best deals, but hurry — the sale ends tonight.

You'll be tempted to spend all day curled up with a book. (Photo: The Home Depot)
You’ll be tempted to spend all day curled up with a book.
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35 decorative rugs that will turn any outdoor space into an oasis

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Summer is around the corner, and if you plan on spending lots of time at home, now is the perfect time to invest in your outdoor space.

From an outdoor fire pit to inflatable kiddie pools (or even a fun pool float!), there are plenty of ways to turn your backyard into an oasis. And let’s not forget about revamping that outdoor living area or a patio.

One way to add texture or color to any outdoor living space is with an outdoor rug. It offers comfort, helps reduce mold or mildew in moisture-prone areas and is an easy way to upgrade

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Without End-of-Year School Fashion Shows, How Are Design Graduates Showcasing Their Work?

Finishing thesis collections and showcasing them from quarantine has created both challenges and opportunities for fashion school grads.

Michelle Hill, a B.F.A. Accessory Design graduate at SCAD, presents her final collection digitally.
Michelle Hill, a B.F.A. Accessory Design graduate at SCAD, presents her final collection digitally.

While marquee-name designers are still trying figure out if and how they’ll approach Spring 2021 fashion shows come September, a different group of designers has already been forced to navigate this challenge, and without much time to prepare.

Typically, May is when prominent design schools hold runway events — sometimes doubling as fundraisers — where at least a selection of graduating students get to showcase their work. They might also get their garments judged in-person by faculty and/or a jury of industry professionals. Potential employers can be among the audience members. 

For many graduating students, these runway shows represent everything they’ve been working toward throughout their undergraduate and graduate careers. They enter fashion school as freshmen or first-year

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