Post-Pandemic Urbanism


English language

Published Dec. 17, 2021 by Jovis Verlag.


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3 stars (1 review)

Working from home, undertourism, online shopping: the disruptive upheavals caused by the COVID-19 pandemic challenge architecture and urban planning. New spaces for action are opening up, but are they being utilized? From dividing traffic spaces fairly to urban food policies, from new places for work and recreation to the question of how communities can be oriented towards the common good: Post-Pandemic Urbanism envisions a near future and discusses how cities and their transformative power can help to handle this current crisis and those to come.

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Sustainability via destruction

3 stars

Post-Pandemic Urbanism, a German collection of essays that I read in translation, looks at the changes that the pandemic created and sees a world where some impossible things have become possible, but where other intractable things have only become more so. I rate this a 3-star only because I come in with somewhat different politics and found the tone off-putting at times.

At times like the beginning, really, where the first essayist basically says everything went to hell when we stopped living in earthen huts. But I stuck with it, and while there were entire essays that I skimmed through, there were others that fascinated me, particularly around transportation infrastructure.

On bad days I have a bad attitude toward bikes, which in my area tend to block crosswalks and treat wheelchair ramps as a quick way to get on the sidewalk. But I have nothing but support for the cycling …