Challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and design responses in public space: Towards strategies for resilient post-Covid cities

G. Gualtieri, B. Boon, F. Suurenbroek, M. de Waal, B. Andaloro, S. Schramkó

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Abstract

The Covid-19 pandemic triggered governments and designers to revalue and redesign public spaces. This paper focuses on the various design responses to Covid-19 proposed and implemented in public spaces. In particular, we identify the kinds of challenges that such design responses address and the strategies that they use. We selected 56 design examples, largely collected from internet sources. By analyzing the design examples we identified five Covid-related challenges that were addressed in public space: sustaining amenities, keeping a distance, feeling connected, staying mentally healthy, and expanding health infrastructures. For each challenge, we articulated 2 to 6 design strategies. The challenges highlight the potential of public space to contribute to more resilient cities during times of pandemic, also in the future. The design strategies show the possible ways in which this potential can be fulfilled. In our next steps, we will use our findings to develop a program of possibilities; this program will contain a wide range of design strategies for responding to future pandemics and will be made publically accessible in an online database. The program contributes to more resilient post-Covid cities, by offering a variety of possibilities for coping with, and adapting to, pandemic-related shocks and stressors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Conference on Changing Cities V
Subtitle of host publicationSpatial, Design, Landscape, Heritage & Socio-economic dimensions
EditorsAspa Gospodini
Place of PublicationVolos
PublisherLaboratory of Urban Morphology & Design, Department of Planning and Regional Development, University of Thessaly
Pages980-989
ISBN (Electronic)9786188440364
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2022
EventInternational Conference on Changing Cities V:
Spatial, Design, Landscape, Heritage & Socio-economic Dimensions
- Corfu Island, Greece
Duration: 20 Jun 202225 Jun 2022

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Changing Cities V:
Spatial, Design, Landscape, Heritage & Socio-economic Dimensions
Country/TerritoryGreece
Period20/06/2225/06/22

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