MASS TRANSITIONAL USES OF PUBLIC OPEN SPACES UNDER THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND THE SUPPORT OF VIRTUAL INFRASTRUCTURES : A CALL FOR FUTURE CITIES DESIGN AND PLANNING

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUrbanism in the Mobile Internet Era
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 13th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism
EditorsWowo DING, Zhendong LUO, Huaqing HUANG, Ling ZHOU
Place of PublicationRotterdam
PublisherInternational Forum on Urbanism
Pages379-389
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-78658-19-1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020

Conference

Title13th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism (IFoU 2020)
LocationNanjing University
PlaceChina
CityNanjing
Period9 - 12 October 2020

Abstract

The spread of COVID-19 is evidently threatening the psychological stability of the urban populations around the world. Psychological statuses already mined by critical and high-density living conditions are exposed to a major risk of collapsing. Due to the unexpected external circumstances induced by a pandemic and their impact on the psychology of urban dwellers, human behaviors and urban dynamics are shaking and experiencing mass transitional transformations, among others, regarding the use of public open spaces. In Hong Kong, the use of public open spaces is already not reaching minimal standards as the city already lacks a public space culture. The coming distress given by COVID-19 is even more mining the willingness to experience public open spaces, pushing the risk for psychological breakdown at a higher level. On the other hand, this extreme change also spreads into massive overloading of virtual infrastructures and networks as a support for everyday life. This paper investigates urban dynamics transitions related to mass behaviour changes in the uses of public open spaces in Hong Kong and the effective support of virtual infrastructures through a survey research design conducted online among young generations. Results showed major transitions in public open spaces uses related to longer duration of stay and an increase of virtual platforms uses only in regard of necessary activities, while for facilities support the trend revealed a negative increment. The increase of virtual uses for basic human needs shows the capacity of supporting everyday life in extreme conditions and suggests the potential of those infrastructures in promoting public space culture. Discussion about the lack of virtual infrastructures’ support in regard to stationary activities explores hypothetical reasons behind the negative trend and suggests possible solution for the improvement of public open spaces uses to relieve and favor the urban population psychological well-being.

Research Area(s)

  • mass behavioural transitions, public realm, urban morphology, virtual infrastructure, Hong Kong

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Citation Format(s)

MASS TRANSITIONAL USES OF PUBLIC OPEN SPACES UNDER THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND THE SUPPORT OF VIRTUAL INFRASTRUCTURES : A CALL FOR FUTURE CITIES DESIGN AND PLANNING. / ZORDAN, Mirna; TSOU, Jin Yeu.

Urbanism in the Mobile Internet Era: Proceedings of the 13th Conference of the International Forum on Urbanism. ed. / Wowo DING; Zhendong LUO; Huaqing HUANG; Ling ZHOU. Rotterdam : International Forum on Urbanism, 2020. p. 379-389.

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)32_Refereed conference paper (with ISBN/ISSN)peer-review