EURA Conversation

16/11/2020

#13 Working together

Instruments and relations between different levels of government

EURA Conversations Post #13 – 16 Nov 2020
by Cristina Stănuș, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Romania

A previous piece in this series (Conversation 1, Robin Hambleton) has emphasized the role of cities / local governments in responding to the current crisis, while another (Conversation 9, Ivan Tosics) has argued that cities are sometimes not in a position to handle complex and simultaneous crises.… Read the rest

30/11/2020

#14 Safe or free?

Safe or free?

EURA Conversations Post #14 – 30 Nov 2020
by Marta Lackowska, University of Warsaw, Poland

Safety and freedom have always been qualities expected from and connected to cities. In ancient and medieval times, city walls were a symbol of shelter and protection from external threats. They signaled a territory governed under a rule of well-known law.

Yet, at the same time, since the development of the ancient polis, citi-zens probably expected more freedom in the urban context than in the rural one.… Read the rest

14/12/2020

#15 Media responsibility?

Media responsibility?

EURA Conversations Post #15 – 14 Dec 2020
by Cristiana Rossignolo, Politecnico di Torino

I would like to contribute to this series of EURA Conversations by suggesting that the Covid-19 pandemic has shown how important it is for all of us to give “good” information. Nevertheless, I am not going to tell you about the proliferation of news about the pandemic, ranging from scientific and objective data to images on long ambulance queues in front of hospitals.… Read the rest

13/01/2021

#16 Learning from 2020

Learning from 2020

EURA Conversations Post #16 – 11 January 2021
by Ignazio Vinci, University of Palermo

A few weeks ago, a column in Time magazine was accompanied by an eloquent drawing: in it, a big red X overlapped the number 2020 and, just below, an inscription said ‘The worst year ever’. There are many reasons to recognise that the Time’s statement isn’t without foundation.… Read the rest

25/01/2021

#17 Remember Teaching?

Remember Teaching?

EURA Conversations Post #17 – 25 January 2021
by Alistair Jones, De Montfort University – Department of Politics, People and Place, UK

As I sit back to reflect upon my teaching experiences over this academic year, I try to count the number of silhouettes I have taught, the number of breakout rooms in which tumbleweed has rolled, and the number of silhouettes who have remained in the virtual classroom long after it has concluded, ignoring requests to leave the room.… Read the rest

08/02/2021

#18 Distancing

Distancing

EURA Conversations Post #18 – 8 February 2021
by Henrique Dorneles De Castro, UFRGS Geography post-graduate program, Observatório das metrópoles, Núcleo Porto Alegre, Brazil

It might be the pessimist geographer in me, or maybe it is because I live in Latin America, but I not only share Filipe Teles’ (Conversation 3) concerns about social distancing becoming the next pandemic, I indeed think this is a very possible path for post COVID-19 cities.… Read the rest

23/02/2021

#19 Temporary uses 1

Are temporary uses back in town?

EURA Conversations Post #19 – 22 February 2021
by Robin Chang, Department of European Planning Cultures, TU Dortmund University, Germany

Temporary uses were alternatives to conventional and rational planning, but are now recognizable ways to collectively produce and maintain space while claiming rights. As zones of social transitions, they enable individuals with shared values and interests to catalyse change through simple rearrangements and designs.… Read the rest

08/03/2021

#20 Temporary uses 2

Please, stop turning the temporary into tokenism

EURA Conversations Post #20 – 8 March 2021
by Sara Caramaschi, Gran Sasso Science Institute, Italy

As discussed by some, the reconceptualization of temporariness will be among the many post-pandemic challenges to consider. Following the COVID-19 outbreak, a common response has been to mobilize a variety of temporary arrangements as ad hoc physical solutions.… Read the rest

22/03/2021

#21 Mental Health

Urban green space and the mental health of young people

EURA Conversations Post #21 – 22 March 2021
Isabelle Bray, Centre for Public Health and Wellbeing, University of the West of England, Bristol

Urbanisation is seen as a solution to the current environmental crisis, yet at the same time the global trend towards urbanisation is having a detrimental effect on our mental health.… Read the rest

12/04/2021

#22 Greenspace under lockdown

Urban greenspace during lockdown

EURA Conversations Post #22 – 12 April 2021
Danielle Sinnett, Centre for Sustainable Planning and Environments, University of the West of England, Bristol

Greenspaces in urban areas are critical for a host of environmental, economic and social reasons. As we saw in the last EURA Conversation, they benefit our mental health, providing space for exercise, rest and relaxation.… Read the rest

26/04/2021

#23 Portuguese municipalities and education in times of pandemic

Education

EURA Conversations Post #23 – 26 April 2021
Maria Antónia Pires de Almeida, Researcher at CIES, ISCTE, University Institute of Lisbon

In Portugal municipalities are responsible for school infrastructures and staff, whereas teachers are provided by the Ministry of Education. In face of the Covid-19 pandemic, a state of emergency was declared on March 18th, 2020. Schools and universities were closed, and online teaching was enforced, as well as a state program for TV-schooling.… Read the rest

10/05/2021

#24 Africa

The Response of Urban Africa to COVID-19

EURA Conversations Post #24 – 10 May 2021
Costanza La Mantia, In-house Technical Advisor at Rwanda Ministry of Infrastructure for the World Bank-led Rwanda Urban Development Project Phase II (RUDP II), Rwanda, Kigali

UN-Habitat estimated that 95% of all COVID cases worldwide are located within urban areas. African cities are historically characterized by unequal spatial patterns and a substantial lack of networked basic infrastructure, making most inhabitants unable to meet their basic needs.… Read the rest