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Summary report from the EU commission
Damiano Cerrone discussed the role of cities in shaping the post-pandemic world, focusing on people, localizing supply chains, mobility, technology, digital platforms and data commons. He presented a history of series of urban transformations, concluding we are currently in the 7th. The actions of citizens are reactions to external events. To build a thriving system there is a need for a cognitive decision and a long-term plan to build on. An important distinction should be made between resilience and adaptation: while resilience is considered as restoring the situation to a previous stage (therefore bouncing back to the past), adaptation resonates to a system of crucial actions or plans against a current or unprecedented event.
Cities are now facing a new transformation, which require a rethink of cities by clearly restructuring space, human activities and values. Such a transformation is achieved through the following means:
• Adaptation: ensuring social distancing by opening bike lanes and widening side-walks;
• Experimentation: deploying new, temporary uses and activities (Tactical Urbanism);
• Retention: cities adopting grassroot and bottom-up activities, optimizing from the human
perspective rather than the system perspective.
• Vision: providing a new vision for the city, which should be shared and brought up together.
Numerous concrete examples were presented by cities all over the world, on how cities co-design a better future and new green deals putting people in the centre.
It is also crucial to understand how cities, private companies and citizens can work together. Cities play an important role for the implementation of the SDGs. The private sector is valuable for investors but also for developing new sustainable markets. People play a crucial role in shaping cities.