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Cities Facing COVID-19: Redefining Public Spaces


The imposition of social distancing dictated by the COVID-19 health emergency has had an unprecedented effect on access to public space.

Over the last three months, most of the world has been asked or mandated to stay home and to reorganize daily routines and work activities in indoor domestic space while looking at the world from behind a window.

Meanwhile, the public realm has shifted dramatically in many cities as roads have been closed, and sidewalks expanded to make space for pedestrians and cyclists. In many places, city parks, nature trails, and beaches remain closed. These changes have had a profound effect on planning public spaces while ensuring social cohesion and promoting economic recovery.

Our panelists from AustinMeridaSan Diego, and Strasbourg will explore what this shift in public space means for the future of living in cities.

  • Laura Dierenfield

    Division Manager, Active Transportation and Street Design Division, Austin, USA

  • Edgardo Bolio

    Director of Municipal Planning Institute (IMPLAN), Mérida, Mexico

  • Alyssa Muto

    Deputy Director, Environment and Mobility Division, San Diego, USA

  • Jean-Marc Pennetier

    Advisor to the Mayor, Strasbourg, France

  • Tricia Hackett

    Sustainable Urban Development Advisor, IUC North America | Moderator

2020-06-10 11:00:00 2020-06-10 12:00:00 America/New_York Cities Facing COVID-19: Redefining Public Spaces European Union Delegation in the US: Cities Facing COVID-19: Redefining Public Spaces Goethe-Institut Washington, 1990 K Street NW, Suite 03, Washington, DC European Union Delegation in the US delegation-usa-info@eeas.europa.eu
June 10, 2020

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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