On June 10, 2020, the Department of Social Inquiry at La Trobe University hosted a discussion which asked the question ‘will the future of planning change due to the pandemic?’ The members of the panel included Prof. Shauna Brail from the University of Toronto, Dr. Michael Martin from Aalborg University, Denmark, and Dr. Rangajeewa Ratnayake and Prof. Jagath Munasinghe from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka.
The discussion explored how cities are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and how city planning needs to change in response and focus on resiliency to prepare for future crises. Reorienting cities around safe transit was discussed as a method to guide people away from private vehicles to choose options such as public transit. The panelists address the ways the pandemic has highlighted what is essential in city planning, such as ensuring that planners prioritize preventative actions in the future and consider existing inequalities in cities when implementing green space and transportation.
Watch the recording of the event here.