Ethics, Values and Planning

AESOP TG ETHICS, VALUES & Planning - Colloquium 4: “Back to normality or perpetual threat? Exploring scenarios of future urban life and planning”

Published at: 29 April 2021

There is a lot of speculation on the lasting effects of COVID-19 and how it will change (urban) life and planning. One way to cope with such uncertainties in our field is to study different scenarios. In this fourth colloquium on Wednesday May 26, from 5 to 6 pm (CET), we will together explore the potential consequences in regards to what we value in (urban) life of two extreme scenarios:

1) The threat of COVID-19 and it’s mutations will pass;

2) Vaccines will not result in the high level of containment of the virus as hoped and the threat of COVID-19 and other viruses will remain present.

The colloquium will be divided in two parts, both focused on one scenario.

In this exploratory collective thought-experiment we will explore the effects on urban life and planning, not from what we think will happen, but from these two opposing perspectives. We hope to better understand the uncertainty that lies ahead, explore the consequences of possible futures and the possibly different roles of planning in different futures.

You are welcome to participate. Please consider the following:

  • Register to the event by sending an e-mail to a.r.jonkman@tudelft.nl;
  • You will receive a brief text which describes the two scenario’s that will be explored;
  • You are invited to reflect on the two scenario’s up front and share your initial ideas in advance.

Stefano Cozzolino & Arend Jonkman