This page contains research performed during the Summer of 2020. We performed our research in the period of May-September 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The unique circumstances in cities and towns around the world provided us with the opportunity to study social infrastructure from a new perspective. Streets were reinvented, the use of public space changed, every day there were new observations to be made. Additionally, a wide variety of sources reported on these changes and the implications on future planning, design, and community engagement.
However, the real-time and remote aspects of our research also created limitations. First, we were not able to visit the cities, towns, or neighborhoods we explored in our research. We were limited by virtual explorations, relying on the internet, spatial data, and published literature. Second, we were only able to describe a snapshot what has been designed, constructed, or experienced during the Summer of 2020. Things will have changed after the publication of our reports.
In closing, we hope that this snapshot of changes between May and September 2020 will provide lasting lessons and inspire progress on the promise of social infrastructure. Presentations and publications based upon the research published in this section can be found in the 'Presentations and Publications' section.
Submissions from 2020
Resources and Recommendations: Planning for social infrastructure during and after COVID-19, Danielle Dailey, Alicia Coleman, Jacobien F. Kuiper, Olivia A. James, and Monika Sharma
Examples of the Impact of COVID-19 on Streetscapes, Jacobien F. Kuiper, Alicia Coleman, Olivia A. James, Monika Sharma, and Danielle Dailey
Reinventing Social Infrastructure: The impact of COVID-19 on streetscapes of today’s cities, Jacobien F. Kuiper, Alicia Coleman, Olivia A. James, Monika Sharma, and Danielle Dailey