An online lecture series, organised by the Planning Society at Queens University Belfast, examines how our post pandemic cities can be reimagined into more livable spaces that are not only more eco-friendly but are also more inclusive spaces to be in. 

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, quarantine measures and the shutdown of city centres have highlighted the extent to which urban land is dominated by road and car parking infrastructure. It has exposed and magnified issues of urban inequality and environmental justice.

During the lockdown however, in many places there have been positive repercussions, air quality has improved, nature has become more prominent, and neighbours are starting to speak for the first time. 

This online lecture series organised by the Planning Society at Queen’s University Belfast, will explore, through comparative practice, how planning can re-imagine our cities to enhance well-being through creating more vibrant, sustainable and biodiverse places.

On the 15th April 2021 there will be a talk on ‘Making Space for Girls’ with Elin Andersdotter Fabre (Her City Manager with UN-Habitat) and Imogen Clark and Susannah Walker (Make Space for Girls). 

Research showed that girls and women do not use a city’s public spaces to the same extent as boys or men. From the age of eight, 80 percent of the public spaces can be dominated by boys, and girls express that they feel significantly more insecure and excluded.

This session will focus on recent efforts and campaigns to make cities more inclusive for girls with presentations on the UN-Habitat Her City programme (https://hercity.unhabitat.org/ ) and the recently launched campaign to Make Space for Girls (http://makespaceforgirls.co.uk/ ).

On the 13th May 2021 there will be a talk on Creating the ‘Low-Car’ City with Melissa and Chris Bruntlett. Melissa and Chris Bruntlett are Canadian authors and urban mobility advocates who strive to communicate the benefits of sustainable transport and inspire happier, healthier, more human-scale cities.

‘Autoluw’ is a Dutch urban planning concept meaning ‘low-car’ or ‘nearly car-free’. It is applied in dozens of municipalities across the country, from the village of Houten to the seat of government in The Hague; where walking, cycling, and public transport are the dominant modes. Now, in the face of a global pandemic, cities around the world are realizing to become more comfortable, social, and resilient places, private automobiles must play a background role. What concrete steps can cities take to ensure this current moment evolves into a lasting movement, where cars are treated as guests, rather than guests of honour?

All the talks in this series are free of charge. For more information or to reserve you place visit www.eventbrite.com and search for Planning the Post Pandemic City alternatively you can contact Dr Neil Galway at n.galway@qub.ac.uk