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Towards Circular Urban Development Post-COVID: CIDOB Policy Briefing

Williams, J; (2021) Towards Circular Urban Development Post-COVID: CIDOB Policy Briefing. (COVID Briefs ). Barcelona Centre for Interational Affairs (CIDOB): Barcelona, Spain. Green open access

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Abstract

This policy briefing explores how the impacts of COVID-19 on our cities might be addressed by adopting a circular development pathway. The ecological regeneration of cities is central to a healthy recovery. The integration of accessible and connected green infrastructure will help to address health problems, whilst continuing to encourage active transport and the use of green space, the importance of which has been highlighted by the pandemic. The paper discusses how urban food systems need to be more robust, particularly in respect to feeding the urban poor. The informal practices for reusing and redistributing food have proved inadequate during the pandemic and should be formalised if supply is to be maintained. The paper suggests that increasing public interest in food-growing during the pandemic could be harnessed and encouraged to increase local supply, particularly amongst the urban poor. The long-term economic impacts of COVID-19 on our cities remain to be seen, but the experience to date suggests that there will be a shift in economic activities. This is likely to result in vacant buildings and sites. This redundancy wastes resources. The paper suggests that by creating adaptive and recyclable urban environments we can reduce waste. These economic trends will also result in unemployment. Adopting a circular development pathway will provide a range of more sustainable jobs linked with resource looping, ecological regeneration and adaptation. In conclusion, the paper suggests that adopting a circular development approach in cities postCOVID-19 could aid their sustainable recovery.

Type: Report
Title: Towards Circular Urban Development Post-COVID: CIDOB Policy Briefing
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://dossiers.cidob.org/cities-in-times-of-pand...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the version of record. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of the Built Environment > The Bartlett School of Planning
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10122327
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