MacKay Hannah

Rethinking Smart Cities and City Regions After Coronavirus

Tue 16th Mar 2021

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As in every other context of life, cities and city-regions have seen profound changes as a result of the impact of coronavirus. Transport systems disrupted, workplaces mothballed, economic activity suspended, retail diminished and the pulse of everyday life limited by lockdown, social distancing and newly acquired behavioural habits. Will these changes have lasting impact for the shape and rhythm of cities and city-regions or will ‘new normal’ just be a different version of business as usual? How should our cities and city-regions be thinking and planning for the immediate and long-term consequences?

This webinar will discuss the immediate and long term effects of coronavirus upon our cities and city-regions. How are pre-coronavirus challenges such as digital, net zero, growth, infrastructure development, and placemaking reframed by the advent of coronavirus? Does recent experience demand new thinking on how our cities function economically, as living spaces and in relation to their wider city-region? Has coronavirus not just reshaped previous challenges but also revealed new demands and challenges to traditional ways of living, working, moving and developing?

Key Points

  • Cities and city-regions after coronavirus: Interrupted, disrupted or ‘new normal’?
  • Does coronavirus deter or accelerate change and which policy focus should have primacy?
  • How should thinking, planning and delivery be reframed for what comes next?
  • Moving from waiting for what comes next to shaping what comes next


Jonathan Guthrie

Director Public Sector Partnerships, Scotland, Robertson

Alex Tosetti

Chief Commercial Officer, VU.CITY

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