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12 October 2020
By William Butcher

Public space as the “glue of the city” – what we have learned in lockdown

The COVID-19 pandemic has fundamentally changed the way we live, work, and play in our cities. It doesn’t take long to realise the scale of its impact, as travel plans are cancelled, shops closed, and people banned from gathering in large numbers. Our society is adjusting to the new norm of working from home, which some have embraced and has been proven challenging to others. It has also changed the way we move through our cities. Instead of bypassing large areas underground or in fast moving vehicles, slow modes of transport and people’s immediate local context are starting to play a larger role in our daily activities. Read more…

8 September 2020
By Katie Margerum

Creating more socially just and diverse cities

People experience the built environment differently according to who they are. Design, planning and management decisions can enhance or restrict a sense of belonging and can add or remove real or imagined barriers between people and communities. Inclusive and cohesive communities are created by acknowledging and responding to a complex a mix of social, cultural and economic needs surrounding race, faith, class, gender, income, age and many more. Read more…

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