17 November 2020
UTC: 4:45 PM – 6:15 PM

As economies the world over cautiously emerged from lockdowns, the value of shared public space and fully developed local neighborhoods became immediately apparent. Many urban residents were prevented from going just about anywhere except for food, medicine, and to parks to exercise. The ability to see one’s neighbors at a safe distance, and limit travel to acquire essentials, became a hugely desirable urban characteristic. While high density can exacerbate pandemic conditions, the damage of social isolation has also become increasingly clear. This session highlights the lessons learned about how rich, layered communities serve their populations’ needs for sustenance and connection.

Session Chair: Scott Duncan
Partner, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago
Josh Sirefman
Senior Advisor and Co-Founder, Sidewalk Labs, New York City
Jaron Lubin
Partner, Safdie Architects, Boston
Andre Brumfield
Principal - Global Director of Cities + Urban Design, Gensler, Chicago
Henry Grabar
Staff Writer, Slate, New York City