A need – the beginning of new trends?
“A city is more than the sum of its buildings. […] it may also be only as resilient as its citizens” (Campanella and Godschalk, 2011)
The time of crisis caused by the pandemic was not just a period of reduced social and economic activity. Many urban initiatives were also born. The crisis and related restrictions have forced city authorities to accelerate the implementation of innovations and solutions, including digitization, land use, public service delivery, among others. They caused a more careful look at environmental protection and accessibility to blue-green infrastructure. The drastically reduced mobility made the pandemic a test of the potential within cities, in their layout, in their intangible resources, in the businesses and organizations located within them, but above all – in their people. It has sparked individual resourcefulness in the areas of gainful employment, child and youth education, leisure activities, and personal development. Life based on face-to-face contacts had to be suddenly reorganized, meetings and travel had to be reduced, and at times, so did industrial production. The time of the pandemic also verified the functional completeness of the neighborhoods in which we live and the homes in which we stay. Finally, this time was a period of intense and often innovative self-help activities, in which the Internet and mobile technologies played a significant role.
Which cities did best to survive this period and what factors made the urban fabric function properly? What was the role of social capital, the strength and diversity of the local economy, urban planning solutions, new media, remote working technology and finally, local government? Which solutions, often introduced on an ad hoc basis, have worked well and have been successfully incorporated into the continued functioning of cities? Are they the premise of emerging development trends in the urban world? To what extent has the pandemic changed or reinforced the need to implement long-discussed sustainable urbanization tools?
Proposed topic areas where the most interesting, implemented, tested or planned solutions from abroad and domestic will be presented:
I. „15-minute city”
II. Technological solutions facilitating life in cities
III. Priorities for post-coronavirus urban development
IV. The local community as a source of urban resilience
See you on 13th and 14th October 2021!