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Face-to-Face and Central Place: Covid and the Prospects for Cities

Reades, J; Crookston, M; (2021) Face-to-Face and Central Place: Covid and the Prospects for Cities. Built Environment , 47 (3) pp. 326-335. 10.2148/benv.47.3.326. Green open access

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Abstract

This contribution looks at how great-city working life and business are increasingly oriented towards the activities in high-added-value trades and 'opaque' markets, where face-to-face interactions are still a vital part of what they offer. It argues that whilst the pandemic has undoubtedly hit hard, its longer-term impacts should not be over-stressed: the world cities look set for continued dominance, centrality and scale will still be vital for the smaller conurbations, and the prospects for more peripheral locations may not be as positive as proponents of ex-urban flight might anticipate.

Type: Article
Title: Face-to-Face and Central Place: Covid and the Prospects for Cities
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2148/benv.47.3.326
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.2148/benv.47.3.326
Language: English
Additional information: AI; cities; covid-19; F2F; face-to-face; ICT; KIB; knowledge intensive business; London; SMC; space-economy; WFH; working life
UCL classification: UCL
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 > Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10136062
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