Post-Pandemic Public Spaces

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Over the past year and a half, we have attempted to identify and describe the influence the pandemic has had on our public spaces and how this has inspired new ideas for the future thereof. Through research, surveys, and interviews which are presented in a documentary, we managed to document the excitement which was shown towards improving our public spaces during the pandemic. The pandemic has underlined and accelerated the need for change in our public spaces, consequently, this documentary is more relevant than ever. People tend to get used to life easily and revert to old habits. We hope that through this documentary we have a medium to hold on to that reminds us of the importance of our public spaces and the wake-up call we had during the pandemic.

This documentary is part of the research of the Design of the Public Space Research Group, led by  Maurice Harteveld, within the department of Urbanism at TU Delft. Post-Pandemic Public Spaces is about the future of our public spaces and was filmed and produced by Matt van Kessel, Hanlin Stuer, and Olivier Wiegerinck as part of their Bachelor Honours Programme.

Insights and perspectives are generated by eight engaging interviews with professionals in the field of the built environment: Nathalie de Vries, Annemieke Fontein, Ellen van Bueren, Ton Venhoeven, Lior Steinberg, Edzo Bindels, Linda Zuijderwijk, and Co Verdaas.

The documentary is divided into five parts, each dealing with a separate theme: Challenges, Design, Mobility, Inequality, and Behaviour. 

What is your vision for our public spaces of the future? We encourage you to share and discuss the documentary with friends or colleagues and we’d love to hear back from you!

Design of the Public Space Research Group Delft University of Technology

Maurice Harteveld, Claudiu Forgaci, Birgit Hausleitner, Sahar Asadollahi Asl Zarkhah, Mar Muñoz Aparici, Gerdy Verschuure-Stuip, Robbert Jan van der Veen, Ioanna Karadimitriou, and Oliwia Jackowska

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