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Before the pandemic, the country was making great strides towards creating more compact, sustainable and liveable cities.
Times Square, New York.
The internal density and layout of buildings are key factors in COVID-19 transmission risk. This is not an argument against high-density cities, some of which have successfully contained the virus.
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Many are speculating about the pandemic changing how we plan and use our cities. What they overlook is how many people live in unplanned settlements where it's more likely to be business as usual.
Sports have been out of action during the coronavirus lockdown, but the recovery period is a chance to redefine sporting success beyond winning and profit margins.
Despite World Health Organisation warnings that heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk of severe complications of COVID-19, alcohol was sold as an essential item during New Zealand's lockdown.
Previous shocks show that smart spending and building public confidence are crucial to the speed and shape of economic recovery.
Fresh coffee being milled in Rwanda.
Coronavirus-related restrictions are likely to slow but not stop the coffee business in Rwanda, which produces specialty beans sold worldwide.
From conflicts with specialised medical devices, through to unresolved problems with iPhone functionality, COVIDSafe is in need of updates. A major one may come within the next few weeks.
Public spaces must now meet our need to be ‘together but apart’.
When urban spaces work well they are highly social spaces. How do we safely manage them and people's fears about mingling when ‘being together but apart’ is the norm?
People, some wearing masks, enjoy a walk in a park in Rome as Italy, the first nation to impose a nationwide lockdown against the coronavirus, begins to reopen – slowly.
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It's possible to evaluate countries' readiness to lift their lockdowns, based on how well they managed the first wave of the pandemic, and how ready they are for a digital economy.
Playgrounds might have been closed, but play remains important for the social fabric of cities and for reimagining the possibilities that are open to us.
Smaller projects are better for delivering broad, long-term value to communities across the country, reducing inequality and cutting emissions, as well as quickly providing jobs and economic stimulus.
Women wearing protective face masks walk in front of a colorful mural amid the coronavirus outbreak in Medan, North Sumatra.
A holistic, cultural and local approach to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic is needed in Indonesia.
Temporary and tactical urbanism offers simple, low-cost solutions to make streets and other public spaces both safe and sociable during this time of physical distancing.
These online spaces are more regulated than many media reports would have you believe. And the vast majority of dark web traders are steering clear of exploiting the pandemic.
A disinfection squad sprays the streets in Cannes, France, earlier this month.
We've all seen the footage of people in protective suits and vehicles spraying cities to control COVID-19. But because of the way disinfectant and contamination work, it might be mostly for show.
Imagine you could only travel if you can prove COVID-19 immunity. The pandemic is already creating new social divides, and it is important we stay alert to their possible ramifications.
COVID-19 has upturned uses of public spaces that we took for granted. Will shifts in the regulation of these spaces lead to a change in thinking about who “owns” the city?
The Bread Famine and the Pawnbroker, Brothers Lesueur (18th century)
After the brief shock of food insecurity in the form of empty supermarket shelves, we might start thinking about having a Plan B and C based on local food sources and shorter supply chains.
Eating healthy food, exercising regularly and reducing stress are all measures we can take to stay as healthy as possible to fight off infection while we wait for a coronavirus vaccine.