PARTISANS and Puncture design studio launch Canadian COVID Creators Network

As COVID-19 continues its transmission around the world, there is a severe and mounting disruption to the global supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) due to panic buying, hoarding, disruptions in global supply chains, and geo-political responses.

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Of particular concern in Canada, Donald Trump has limited the supply chains of PPE from the USA. While hospital workers are in dire need of PPE to protect themselves and their patients from becoming infected, so too, and less obvious, are other front-line community workers such as shelter workers, public transit workers, grocery store operators, and healthcare professionals. Shortages are putting lives at risk and a greater burden on hospitals.

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Over the past year, PARTISANS and WoodGreen Community Services, an operator of shelters, supportive housing, and a non-profit affordable housing developer, have been exploring how design can better impact supportive and affordable housing issues. So, when WoodGreen learned that the PPE supply was dwindling, they asked for our help. We immediately mobilized a plan to 3D print and distribute PPE for front-line workers across WoodGreen’s network of shelters and affordable housing projects.

The architecture and design community in Canada has incredible access to both technology and a diverse network of creators, makers, and city-builders. Together, we can leverage these fortunes to boost the supply of PPE. This is why we have launched the Canadian COVID Creators Network, an initiative to unite the creative community to print protective shields for WoodGreen staff and the community they serve.

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PARTISANS’ industrial design model shop lead, Teddy Shropshire used our studio’s six MakerBots and open source designs that comply with the standards set by the Canadian Government to create a series of test models. WoodGreen has tested and approved these shields and started using them in their facilities. Toronto-based design studio, Puncture has generously donated its time to create a website from which architects and creatives can download a 3D file/pattern and set up printing specs for making the shields, as well as a video with step-by-step instructions for assembly.

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