PANDEMONIUM: Pandemics and Long-range Planning
by SFU Urban Studies Program

How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the basic tenets of city planning and the direction of longer-term planning processes currently underway?

All our core principles about successful urban places –density, mixed-use, eyes on the street, reliance on public transit and non-motorized transport, and active public spaces – have been called into question by the pandemic. At the same time, new rules about cities, space, work, travel and social life have been imposed as emergency measures, without time to consider their long-term implications. In this session, we will learn about how urban and regional planning efforts underway before the pandemic will be influenced by it, what, if any, concepts need a radical rethink, and what new lessons will be incorporated.

Speakers:
Kennedy Stewart, Mayor of Vancouver
Reconstructing Our City
Jennifer Keesmaat, founder, The Keesmaat Group and Sponsor of the 2020 Declaration for Resilience in Canadian Cities
The New Imperative for Resilience in Canadian Cities
Heather McNell, general manager, Regional Planning and Housing Services, Metro Vancouver
The Vancouver Region in 2050: Implications of COVID-19
Yunji Kim, assistant professor, Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University
The Pandemic and the Impatient Nation: How Korea Responded to COVID-19
Am Johal, director of SFU Vancity Office of Community Engagement
Whose City is it Anyway?
Moderator: Ken Cameron, adjunct professor, SFU Urban Studies
Time for questions and conversation will follow the panel.
This event has been made possible by the generous support of SFU Public Square and financially supported by the Initiative in Urban Sustainable Development.
Technology Requirements
This event has a participatory aspect. To engage fully you will need:
A computer or smartphone
A microphone
Speakers or headphones
Please note: a link to join the webinar will be sent to registrants on the morning of September 30.

Date: Wednesday September 30

Time: 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time

You can find out more information about the event here.

Comments

  1. I hope in the long term planning discussion that the ‘context of planning’ is understood in its broadest terms as ‘the human ecological niche’ occupied by us humans on this planet. This niche is predicted to shrink in the coming years as land is lost to rising waters, wildfires and scorching temperatures leading to extreme weather and producing climate refugees.

    Let’s keep this view in mind and then consider where and how we can design a safe covid proof future both in existing places and places yet to be invented.

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