EURA Conversations Post #3 – 20 May 2020
by Filipe Teles
Filipe Teles, Pro-rector for Regional Development and Urban Policies, University of Aveiro, Portugal, suggests that the Covid-19 pandemic can serve as a catalyst, encouraging cities and local authorities to fast-track urban transformation.
I follow the tone of the previous posts in this new EURA Conversations channel.… Read the rest
EURA Conversations Post #4 – 15 Jun 2020
by Kartsten Zimmermann
The corona pandemic has a wide range of effects on our cities and many observers speak of cities in crisis. Some of the effects are short term and immediate (closure of shops, bars, schools, museums, collapse of parts of the economy etc.),… Read the rest
EURA Conversations Post #5 – 22 Jun 2020
by Susanne Søholt
Susanne Søholt, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research.
In the first EURA Conversation, Robin Hambleton highlights the importance of good local leadership for handling the corona pandemic.
However, the success of local and national policies to fight back the pandemic depends first and foremost on peoples’ responses to policies restricting their everyday life – every day. … Read the rest
EURA Conversations Post #6 – 29 Jun 2020
by Marichela Sepe
Italian National Research Council & University of Naples, Italy.
The 2020 public health emergency has interested the whole word and, although in different manner and measure, changed habits and use by people of places and cities. In many countries public spaces became completely empty and new urban landscapes have substituted for the previous one, transforming the private into public.… Read the rest
EURA Conversations Post #7 – 13 Jul 2020
by Paula Russell
School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin
In the movies the dystopian view of a pandemic and its aftermath is mass unrest, accompanied by a breakdown in law and order. In reality one of the most striking elements of the response to the COVID 19 pandemic is that communities have responded through support and solidarity.… Read the rest
EURA Conversations Post #8 – 20 Jul 2020
by Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Along the last months, we have been asking ourselves what changes should take place in the post-COVID city, what themes and approaches we need to put into practice and include in our reflection to emerge stronger from the unprecedented situation that we are facing as European society.… Read the rest
EURA Conversations Post #9 – 27 Jul 2020
by Iván Tosics
Metropolitan Research Institute, Hungary
In the opening COVID post Robin Hambleton wrote “Covid-19 discriminates in a brutal way … really hurting the people in society who are already vulnerable.” Yes, the usual statements that ‘everyone is affected’ hide the reality that people face the difficulties from very different positions.… Read the rest
EURA Conversations Post #10 – 5 Oct 2020
by Jacob Norvig Larsen
Department of the Built Environment, Aalborg University
Evidently, the Covid-19 crisis poses great danger to peoples’ health and to the economy. Nevertheless, just as with any crisis, Covid-19 represents not only disruption but also opportunity.
This health crisis has destroyed lives and disrupted the economy. Nonetheless, all of a sudden it also stopped some of the undesirable consequences of the ways we produce, travel, entertain and live our urban lives.… Read the rest
EURA Conversations Post #11 – 19 Oct 2020
by Robin Hambleton
University of the West of England,
Previous contributors to EURA Conversations have drawn attention to the importance of place and place-based action in responding to the COVID-19 calamity.
For example, Paula Russell in Conversation 7 surmised that the impressive efforts of local self-organising community groups in Ireland could be generating a new sense of commitment to place.… Read the rest
EURA Conversations Post #12 – 2 Nov 2020
by Inigo Lorente Riverola
Universidad Politécnica de 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
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
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