Post-coronavirus city life

Institutional Communication Service

21 September 2020

How will our cities, urban planning and housing change in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak? It is a new challenge that is keeping architects and urban planners busy.

The coronavirus will change the culture of planning and design: Sascha Roesler, an assistant professor at USI Academy of Architecture within the Institute for the History and Theory of Art and Architecture (ISA), is confident of this. He underlines with an interesting historical retrospective how pandemics have always influenced urban planning in the past. Interviewed by Swiss German-speaking television SF, Roesler argues that both our cities and our homes must become more flexible.

In the boroughs, urban districts and homes, the use of space will have to be redesigned to perform more functions. At the same time, companies are also rethinking their use of space to ease teleworking. These are all factors that existed even before the pandemic, but which the coronavirus has accelerated. It will not be easy to go back.

Urban planning is also changing paradigm: today we are trying to design cities so that services are again close to each other, ideally within walking distance so that life, work and shopping can be done easily, quickly and without the use of cars.

The complete SF interview:

Related: Prof. Roesler also discussed the relationship between epidemiology and urban planning in a recent article in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and in a video interview