COVID-19 highlighted the necessity of accessible multi-purpose and multi-functional urban spaces in cities. Through initiatives like the rapid expansion of cycling infrastructure, the reclaiming of street space for pedestrians, adapting regulations for outdoor dining and schooling, and pop-up recreational space, plus growing discourse around the 15-minute city the crisis has accelerated the shift to more liveable cities. Moreover, the changing context of the traditional workplace and reliance on digital facilities and facilitation has the potential to change commuting patterns and opens up the discussion of how to reimagine the built environment. This session will explore strategies to rethink public space and reshape urban landscapes in ways that generate benefits for everyone and future-proof the city.
Champion Mayors speaking on this panel include:
- Matúš Vallo, Mayor of Bratislava, Slovakia
- Einat Kalisch-Rotem, Mayor of Haifa, Israel
- Libby Schaaf, Mayor of Oakland, USA
- Sam Liccardo, Mayor of San Jose, USA