A re-understanding of public space under pandemic conditions

Will the crisis lead to
widespread behavioural changes
in how we interact with places in
the long term?

The paper aims at the impact of Covid-19 on our behaviour in public space. Its goal is to examine the arising questions at the intersection of COVID-19 and public space, starting with the hypothesis that the pandemic may fundamentally alter how we use and understand the character of public space. The focus on public space is worked out by referring to common key concepts of accessibility, interaction and density. These key points are placed in the current context of the pandemic. Reflecting on correlations, questions arise as to whether the previous understanding is in line with the current situation or contradicts it. Will the pandemic teach us new lessons to incorporate into our public space designs? The theoretical discussion is followed by a research design proposal. The aim is to work on the assumptions in detail, by means of a research project. The conclusion argues for the necessity of reflecting and argues that we have to rethink the understanding and use of public space.

Cesrin Schneider

Prof. Dr. Monika Grubbauer
Nina Fraeser


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