Is Urban Street Life a Victim of COVID?

From the pedestrianisation of streets to the repurposing and adaptation of public spaces, cities adapt themselves to meet the needs of their citizens amidst the pandemic. However as lockdowns are relieved, the impact of Covid-19 remains unclear. With reference to urban street life we have considered both the negative and positives that will persist post pandemic.

The ongoing COVID-19 crisis has already fundamentally changed how we use outdoor public spaces and streets. The resulting decline in street life during lockdown periods impacted smaller businesses with greater detriment regarding pedestrian traffic, such as cafés, restaurants, and small shops. Lately, new business models and spatial plans have been implemented and experimented with in order to make outside public life and commercial

activities safe during an epidemic.

Biophilic architecture is a type of urban landscape design, where flora acts as an organic part of the urban fabric. Urban flora helps to keep the air cleaner within cities, contributing to slowing epidemics down. Biophilic street furniture can help people to keep social distancing and reduce the probability of transmitting the virus. Smart technologies can also be widely used when revitalising the streets in cities. With the ability of tracking down infection, and keeping people in quarantine, the disease can be prevented from entering streets and maybe cities after all.

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