17 November 2020
UTC: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

As the planet becomes increasingly urban, it has become close to a received notion that cities will continue to densify and build upwards, concentrating more people in a smaller area. But the arrival of a global pandemic that relies on proximity to spread has caused many to question this notion. If a socially distanced society becomes a priority, how can the enormous investments cities make in transportation and building infrastructure be put to appropriate use? Fixed assets such as highways and metro networks are not easily altered, and a return to the sprawling development patterns of the late 20th century is not a sustainable proposition. Hear from the people who are charting the new patterns of urban growth in the post-crisis city.

Session Chair: Annelie Kvick Thompson
Partner Transport, Grimshaw Architects, London
James Bircumshaw
Infrastructure Manager, Skyports, London
Josep Bohigas
CEO, Barcelona Regional, Barcelona
Stuart Baillie
Head of Planning, Knight Frank, London
Carolyn Steel
Author of Hungry City and Sitopia, Kilburn Nightingale Architects, London