Many of us probably recognise how many aspects of our lives have been turned upside down within the last year. COVID19 and its necessary precautions has brought many changes to the public behavior, physical distancing and containment being the more critical of them.
In an article on Business Insider Anne-Marie Broudehoux, director of graduate programs at the Université Québec à Montréal’s school of design, states how isolation and physical distancing under COVID19 have made urban residents become more aware of the importance of outdoor spaces as essential to social gatherings and their physical and psychological well-being.
She states how physical distancing measures have made it clear how public spaces offer the key tools to meet people’s basic needs.
“Public spaces, especially parks, have also proven to be essential for socialization, especially for young people. Access to nature, wide open spaces, and sports and leisure facilities has emerged as a vital need, with both individual and collective benefits.
Because of the new trend, researchers point to the hypothesis that COVID19 might lead to a shift to healthier cities focusing more on our well-being than on functional and economic concerns.
With an estimated 90 percent of all reported COVID19-cases in urban areas, The United Nations report Policy Belief: COVID19 in an Urban World suggests how there is an urgent need to rethink and transform cities to respond to the reality of COVID-19 and potential future pandemics. By building more inclusive and sustainable cities, society can recover better.
The future will show whether the new awareness will outlive the pandemic and have an effect on the future transformation and planning of the city.