COVID-19 highlighted the necessity of accessible multi-purpose and multi-functional urban spaces in cities. Initiatives like the rapid expansion of cycling infrastructure, the reclaiming of street space for pedestrians, adapting regulations for outdoor dining and schooling, and pop-up recreational space, plus growing discourse around the 15-minute city the crisis accelerated the shift to more liveable cities. Moreover, the changing context of the traditional workplace and reliance on digital facilities and facilitation has the potential to change commuting patterns and opens up the discussion of how to reimagine the built environment. This session explored strategies rethinking public space and reshaping urban landscapes in ways that generate benefits for everyone and future-proof the city.
Moderated by Sena Segbedzi, Coordinator, Champion Mayors, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, OECD, and George McCarthy, President and CEO, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.