#lessonslearned Society and Covid: new challenges for cities

Society and Covid: new challenges for cities , 29.07.2020, Parco Ciani, Lugano: 

Some reflections by Carlo Ratti, Director of MIT Senseable City Lab and founder of CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati, on the challenges that cities will have to face: “For cities it will be fundamental to understand what aspects will remain and what will disappear once the virus is eradicated […] how the new flexibility on working hours that we have experimented with #smartworking could make the city work better. If the problem with Covid was flattening the curve, lowering the contagion curve, we can talk about flattening the curve of the city, and then lowering the peaks of the city so as to avoid the problems of traffic jams in general, that is when everyone has to use the same infrastructure at the same time […] For cities it will be fundamental the ability to adapt, to assume the role of living lab involving more and more citizens and their ideas […] from this will arise a new concept of temporary public space, able to adapt to different needs…“.


Katharina Lobinger – Professor at Faculty of Communication, Culture and Society USI Università della Svizzera italiana, highlighted the impact of digital during the pandemic: “In every relationship a communicative repertoire is created formed by all forms of communication both digital and physical […] during the lockdown there was no change in communicative tools, but in intensity of use. This shows how interpersonal communication is a very important factor in a relationship. […] Today digital is a fundamental aspect of our everyday life, but in Switzerland only 53% of the population over 60 has the skills or possibilities to use the internet […] as a society we have an obligation to try to involve as many people as possible in communication, especially in a pandemic period when this segment of the population was most at risk…“.


Some reflections by Roberta Cattaneo – Regional Director SBB CFF SBB South Region on the challenges faced by public transport during the lockdown period and the new challenges for the railways: “during the #lockdown our concern was not to be able to guarantee the operation of trains to citizens who needed to use our service for business reasons [… ] this problem also concerned cargo trains carrying basic necessities during the first months of the pandemic […] Now the biggest challenge for the railways is to ensure that they offer the citizens complete train safety and regain their trust […] the obligation to wear a mask on public transport, the increased use of #smartworking, a different management of their time help us in this sense…“.


A reflection by Federico Parolotto – Architect, Senior Partner and co-founder of MIC Mobility In Chain on the changes in mobility in the future: “In Europe mobility models are emerging that are somehow foreshadowing substantial changes in terms of sustainability […] In the coming years we will move more and more on foot and by bicycle and this because our social and cultural values are changing […] the great challenge will be to facilitate and facilitate this transition…

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