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1st Edition

Cities Learning from a Pandemic
Towards Preparedness

ISBN 9781032147666
Published October 10, 2022 by Routledge
280 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

COVID-19 has stressed the condition of radical uncertainty that increasingly characterises our times and compels cities to learn new ways to cope with unexpected global urban challenges. The volume proposes preparedness as a key concept in urban geography, planning, and policy, inviting international scholars to discuss its pros and cons.

Firstly, it builds a critical theoretical framework around the concept of preparedness in relation to the COVID-19 effects and other interconnected crises. Then, the authors put at work and redefine preparedness, starting from worldwide surveys, research experiences, public discourses and spatial strategies analysis in Europe and, more extensively, in Italy. Finally, the closing section goes beyond the view of preparedness as an emergency tool, proposing to interpret it more broadly as a technology supporting a sustainable urban transition.

The book mainly targets academics in urban planning, policy, and geography. However, the prominence of the topic of preparedness makes the volume an essential reading not only within social sciences but further in engineering, basic sciences, and life science. In addition, the book provides directions to practitioners and civic leaders in supporting cities and regions to prepare themselves in the face of pandemics and unpredictable socio-environmental shocks.

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of contributors


1. Introduction
Simonetta Armondi, Alessandro Balducci, Martina Bovo and Beatrice Galimberti

Part 1. Interpretations: a theoretical framework and emerging territorial issues  

2. The key of preparedness
Alessandro Balducci

3. Supporting urban planning to stay with uncertainty: Preparedness, care, and antifragility.

Beatrice Galimberti

4. Preparedness as a technology of the imagination. Interview with Andrew Lakoff and Frédéric Keck 
Simonetta Armondi, Alessandro Balducci, Martina Bovo, Beatrice Galimberti

5. Spatial strategies for getting ready? The weak linkage amid preparedness and urban policy

Simonetta Armondi

Part 2. Observations: experiences of (un)preparedness in Europe 

6. What future for European cities after COVID-19? An international survey 

Paolo Perulli, Francesco Bandarin, Enrico Ciciotti, Marco Cremaschi, Giovanna Madera, Diana Shendrikova 

7. Analysis of Madrid’s urban policies in the period 2020-2021. Towards a more resilient post-coronavirus capital? 

Sonia De Gregorio Hurtado, Nicolas Gharbi

8. The impacts of the sanitary crisis on the French urban areas and their likely effects on urban policies 

Christian Lefèvre

9. COVID-19 in the Lombardy region: socio-spatial peripheries and forgotten densities of long-term care 

Lorenzo De Vidovich, Samantha Biglieri, Julian Iacobelli, Roger Keil 

10. Urban and manufacturing after the pandemic, preparing a new ground for the productive city

Valeria Fedeli, Carolina Pacchi

11. Distributing, desynchronising, digitalising:  towards a new mobile urbanity in the COVID-19 era  

Giovanni Lanza, Paola Pucci 

12. Changing uses in public spaces: dehors’ supporting measures in Italy in COVID-19 times 

Antonella Bruzzese 

13. Housing as a basic infrastructure against risks: the case of COVID-19 housing support measures in Greece 

George Kandylis, Dimitra Siatitsa, Thomas Maloutas

14. Governing pandemics at the local level: the case of COVID-19 in Albania 

Rudina Toto, Merita Toska, Dritan Shutina

15. Schools and cities: spaces for solutions 

Massimo Bricocoli, Filippo Orsini, Cristina Renzoni, Paola Savoldi

16. Access to essential services. Migrants’ landing during lockdown 

Martina Bovo  

17. Urban peripheries after COVID-19 in Italy 

Gabriele Pasqui, Agostino Petrillo  

18. Afterword: Preparedness supporting the transition

Simonetta Armondi, Alessandro Balducci, Martina Bovo, Beatrice Galimberti


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Simonetta Armondi is an associate professor in Economic and Political Geography at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano (Italy).

Alessandro Balducci is a Full Professor at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano (Italy).

Martina Bovo is an architect and PhD Candidate at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano (Italy).

Beatrice Galimberti is a PhD Candidate in Urban Planning, Design, and Policy at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano (Italy).