A conversation about spatial inequity post COVID-19: organised by the School of Design
December 1-3, 2021
Abstracts due 25th June (late submisisons due 25th October)
Part of the Envornments by Design Conference:
Among other correlates, the COVID-19 pandemic brought the social, economic, cultural, and political impacts threatening the lives around the globe. While still standing in amid way, this section of the conference initiates conversations related to the spatial impacts of COVID-19 concerning inequities in racial minorities, immigrants, women, poor, elderly, children, disabled, and homeless.
Our relationship to outdoor spaces such as streets, parks, public open spaces has changed since COVID 19 pandemic. Over the years, we have witnessed the positive impacts of parks, green areas, and playgrounds contributing to reducing mental health and wellness, supporting children’s development, and creating a social network or support systems within the communities. With the research indicating that the virus is less likely to transmit in the outdoor setting, the focuses of the built-environmental design have shifted to innovative outdoor spaces.
In this conference, we discuss how the public health professionals, urban designers, architects, policymakers respond to the short, medium, and long-term strategies to maintain accessibility, flexibility, design, maintenance, and connectivity, and equitable contribution of such space would transform.