1st Edition

Cities Learning from a Pandemic Towards Preparedness

    280 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

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    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



    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).