The city after Corona

“We will not wake up in a new world after curfew; it will be the same, only a little worse”. These words by the French writer Michel Houellebec begin the intro to the newly published book “The City after Corona” by Doris Kleinlein and Friederike Meyer. The two editors of the book asked architects, urban planners and other actors from teaching and practice to venture an outlook on the city after Corona. What consequences do the changes have for planning and life in cities? What chances does the pandemic offer to finally tackle known problems of urban development and to put the common good in the foreground? The result is essays and conversations, analyses and a series of pictures from Europe and the USA. They are united by the constructive search for what makes cities resilient. The City after Corona looks to the near future and discusses how the transformative power of cities can help to better deal with current and future crises.

Friederike Meyer interviewed Anke Butscher and Bárbara Calderón Gómez-Tejedor about the Common Good Economy in municipalities and new values in urban development. The Common Good Economy movement advocates for a social-ecological and democratic economic system on the social, political and economic level and thus pursues a holistic and value-oriented approach. How this approach can contribute both practically and conceptually to making municipalities more resilient and to involving citizens in negotiation processes for social and sustainable urban development can be read from page 151 onwards. The contributions on concepts of inner cities, fair distribution of space, emergency urbanism and the soft city are also well worth reading. The book is published by Jovis Verlag under ISBN 978-3-86859-671-710.2021.

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