"Covid-19 shows the immense need for public space"

01.10.2020
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"During lockdown, when people were actually missing public spaces, they still chose not to use the traditional retail spaces. Because they’re not considered to be high quality public spaces anymore," says Kristian Villadsen, partner at urban strategy firm Gehl, in an interview.

"Covid-19 shows the immense need for public space and recreational areas in the cities", says urban architect Kristian Villadsen in an interview conducted at the GDI Retail Summit. But shopping streets don't improve quality of life: "During lockdown, when people were actually missing public spaces, they still chose not to use the traditional retail spaces. Because they’re not considered to be high quality public spaces anymore," says Kristian Villadsen, partner at urban strategy firm Gehl, in an interview.

Using public space differently

Cities around the world discovered during the pandemic that roads are important public spaces and can be converted for other purposes beyond transportation. "Now we have the chance to show that we can use urban space differently."

In the GDI video interview, Villadsen explains what new concepts of usage he has in mind, and why cities with multiple centers are the future: