Covid-19

02/11/2020

#12 Urban uncertainty

Can urban design be “Covid-safe”?

EURA Conversations Post #12 – 2 Nov 2020
by Inigo Lorente Riverola, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid,
Madrid

More than a century and a half ago, Doctor John Snow uncovered the linkage between cholera and the urban infrastructure by tracking and mapping infections and deaths in London’s Soho, which constituted a milestone of what we call GIS (Geographic Information Systems) today.… Read the rest

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

06/10/2021

#30 Beyond the post-Covid narrative

Beyond the post-Covid narrative: What’s next?

EURA Conversations Post #30 – 06 October 2021
by Ignazio Vinci, University of Palermo

In May 2020 we started EURA Conversations with the aim of stimulating a critical debate on the future of cities during one of the hardest challenges experienced by urban communities for decades: the lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, 26 scholars from across the globe have contributed a wide range of personal views on how cities were experiencing these traumatic events, how people’s everyday life and needs were changing under these unexpected circumstances, and the directions undertaken by local governments to reimagine both the social and material structure of cities.… Read the rest

19/10/2021

#31 The impact of COVID-19 on Trinidad and Tobago

Impact of COVID-19 on the Caribbean

EURA Conversations Post #31 – 18 October 2021
by Gabrielle Thongs, Department of Geography, the University of West Indies

A cool ocean breeze, the slow rustle of the coconut tree, and the gentle rhythmic call of a kiskadee. Those are the sounds that usually wake me in the morning. Since the beginning of the pandemic, though, those soothing sounds have been replaced by the loud, jarring sirens of ambulances.… Read the rest

01/11/2021

#32 Teaching after Covid: were any lessons learned?

Teaching after Covid

EURA Conversations Post #32 – 1 November 2021
by Alistair Jones, Department of Politics, People and Place, De Montfort University, UK

In EURA Conversation 17 I asked if teaching had been remembered in the Covid period.  The indication was students were remembered but the staff and their teaching had been forgotten.  Twelve months on, and it may still be too early, I ask if any lessons have been learned.… Read the rest