AfterCovid.City Helsinki event (04-06-2021) brought together a multidisciplinary group of experts, planners and makers to discuss the effects of the covid 19 -pandemic on public space, urban culture and city development. The covid-crisis has highlighted the role of public space and green environments as well as the importance of people flow for a thriving city. In addition to events, most social activities have been on hold and our social bubbles have become even smaller.
To which direction and to whom are cities opening up again after Covid? How can the crisis direct urban development to a more sustainable direction? These and other topics were explored together in the event with a focus on public space, highlighting the role of placemaking and urban design.
The afternoon included inspiring presentations and panel discussion with speakers from Placemaking Europe, Parkly and many more. The panelists were landscape architect Elisa Lähde (WSP), researcher Pasi Mäenpää (Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies), managing director Stuba Nikula (Helsinki Events) and architect Linda Wiksten (YIT). The panel was hosted by Päivi Raivio (RaivioBumann, Parkly) and it also included inspiring greetings from placemakers worldwide: Project for Public Places, ArkDes StreeMoves -initiative and many more.
The event is part of the AfterCovid.City -conference and connects to Placemaking Europe -network.
The event is organised by RaivioBumann/Parkly Oy in collaboration with Placemaking Europe -network and AfterCovid.City conference organisers. We also thank Kellohalli for their support.