Can COVID-19 be a turning point on how we imagine and plan our cities? This session will include a short lecture followed by an online conversation on how the COVID-19 has exacerbated urban environmental and health inequalities and how it can be a unique chance to create more just and sustainable urban futures.
We will discuss the following questions:
- What are the main manifestations of health and environmental inequalities and related, emergent questions around urban justice in times of pandemic and social confinement?
- To what extent (and where) are such inequalities being addressed in bold, radical ways that can redefine urban futures?
- How does COVID-19 redefine and force us to rethink urban infrastructure (housing, transit, and public space) need, use, and inequalities?
- What lessons can we draw from a crisis such as COVID-19 to build more just and sustainable cities, especially so in the context of a changing climate?
This webinar is part of a broader multi-stakeholder initiative and engagement of UrbanA and BCNUEJ partners to build opportunities and address challenges towards more resilient and sustainable cities, where justice, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of planning, policy, and civic processes, rather than an after-thought or a peripheral consideration.
All three speakers are from the Barcelona Lab for Urban Environmental Justice and Sustainability, part of ICTA and IMIM at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Helen Cole, social epidemiologist, co-coordinator of the research line on urban environmental, health, and equity at BCNUEJ.
Isabelle Anguelovski, urban planner specialized in urban environmental justice, ICREA research professor and BCNUEJ Director.
Panagiota Kotsila, political ecologist specialized in health, coordinator of the research line on urban political ecology at BCNUEJ.
This webinar will be recorded and live-streamed here: https://youtu.be/3dx2B3R9jTc