For centuries, pandemics have driven political, economic, and cultural reformations, scientific discoveries, and social change.
In the 14th century, the Plague triggered massive urbanization. The outbreak of smallpox led to the mass spread of vaccinations. And in the 19th century, the fight against cholera contributed to the creation of a sewer system still in operation today.
The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. Hong Kong and Singapore used mobile apps that helped track the spread of the disease. In Moscow, the COVID Data Tracker and innovative sanitizing stations for public transport were developed. In several countries, robots began to partially assume the functions of medical. Authorities in New York, London, and Paris transformed exhibition centers into temporary hospitals and reorganized street spaces for cyclists and pedestrians, implementing the 15-minute city concept.
The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the necessity of proactive design principles in public planning and the importance of a coordinated plan to tackle future epidemics. To create an effective strategy to respond to the modern pandemic, we can look to the world’s most effective and innovative practices in the struggle against the coronavirus.
What strategies adopted in Moscow influenced overcoming the spread of COVID-19? How can these strategies be implemented at the national and global level?
Which megacities have led the COVID-response? What tools allowed cities to lessen the impact of the pandemic?
How is the implementation of urban health policies helping to make global centers less vulnerable to the COVID-19 crises and future global challenges?