When a Pandemic Goes Viral

Reflecting on cities and urban landscapes

Whether you call it COVID-19, Coronavirus, or the Corona Outbreak, the unfolding pandemic has become impossible to ignore, no matter where you live. The global crisis bringing cities to a standstill is striking at the heart of public life and calling into question many of our fundamental assumptions of urban living.

We are watching the pandemic’s effects on mobility, public space, community, and “social distancing” in real-time. While it is challenging to cut through people’s fears at this early stage, it is crucial to reflect on the impacts this crisis will have on urban life-as-a-we-know-it, the weaknesses of our governance, healthcare, and infrastructure systems, and the likely aftermath and what we can learn from it.

Keep refreshing as we will be publishing articles on a rolling-basis.

 

Will COVID-19 Make Us Think of Cities Differently?
Will COVID-19 Make Us Think of Cities Differently?
Michele Acuto
Director, Connected Cities Lab, University of Melbourne
Open Letter to Citymakers: 10 Key Implications of the COVID-19
Open Letter to Citymakers: 10 Key Implications of the COVID-19
Mariela Alfonzo
Associate Fellow, Placemaking, NewCities
The Time Before Shelter, The Time Now
The Time Before Shelter, The Time Now
Eva Hagberg
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Columbia GSAPP
CarePod: Designing for Care, Building Community
CarePod: Designing for Care, Building Community
Marisa Morán Jahn
Multimedia Artist, Writer & Educator
Rafi Segal
Architect and Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, MIT
Mobility in the Age of Coronavirus
Mobility in the Age of Coronavirus
Federico Parolotto
Senior Partner, MIC – Mobility in Chain
Makeshift Pandemic Policies for Makeshift Mobility
Makeshift Pandemic Policies for Makeshift Mobility
Benjamin de la Peña
Member, Advisory Committee, The Roddenberry Foundation
Cities at War… and Its Diverse Manifestations
Cities at War… and Its Diverse Manifestations
Saskia Sassen
Professor, Columbia University
The State of Exception Becomes the Norm
The State of Exception Becomes the Norm
Richard Sennett
Professor, The Senseable Cities Lab, MIT Chair, Council on Urban Initiatives, United Nations Habitat Chair
Imagining Speculative Responses to Near Future Emergencies
Imagining Speculative Responses to Near Future Emergencies
Scott Smith
Founder and Managing Partner, Changeist
Pandemics: A New Piece of the City Planning Puzzle
Pandemics: A New Piece of the City Planning Puzzle
Andrew Snowhite
Founder, Snowhite Strategies, Senior Advisor, NewCities