What future for cities after Covid-19?

This city dialogue will contribute to the debate on the future of cities post-Covid-19. In particular, we will will look at some recent evidence of how the virus spread in cities and discuss how – rather than simply density – high contagion is strongly correlated with poor planning decisions, overcrowding and connectivity.

The Geography of COVID-19 can thus be mapped to determine drivers that led to the spreading of the virus in cities, and we will look at some local policy responses that were brought forward to stop it.

What is the future of cities? Cities are learning from the crisis to develop new policies and solutions. Join us to hear specific examples in the areas of housing, moblity and public space in Brussels and Riga (tbc).

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Agenda overview:

10.00 – 10.05 Opening

10.05 – 10.30 Presentation of the ESPON research on the Geography of COVID-19 and further reflections by Sebastian Bourdin, Professor at EM Normandie followed by Q&A

10.25 – 10.55 Presentations of city cases on strategic urban planning in the context of COVID-19

Housing in Brussels: Susanne Eliasson, member of the scientific committee on new housing policies post COVID-19

Mobility in Milan: Stefano Sgarbossa, Mobility and Environment Agency of Milan

10.55 – 11.00 Commentary from Nicolas Rossignol, ESPON secretariat

11.00 – 11.25 Q&A and discussion with participants

11.25 – 11.30 Closing remarks