Pandemic Urbanism


Friday, May 29, 2020

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Opening plenary

Morning sessions

Mid-day plenary

Afternoon sessions

Closing plenary

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9:00 10:00 Opening Plenary

Writing the next chapter: Possibilities of the post-pandemic city


How can our urban narratives become more environmentally just, healthy, and inclusive?

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Ann Forsyth, Harvard University

Eric Klinenberg, New York University

Río Oxas, RAHOK

Moderated by Katherine Idziorek, PhD Candidate in Urban Design & Planning, University of Washington

Symposium welcome by Peter Dunn, PhD Candidate in Urban Design & Planning, University of Washington

10:15 11:15 Sessions

Politics, Engagement, & Activism


Politics in the Pandemic Era: A Reality Check on Urbanism vis a vis Intergovernmentalism
Jenny Brekhus, Reno City Council

Gentrification + Pandemic: An Exploration of Community Inclusion + Equity in the Changing Public Realm
Ariana Cantu, University of Washington

Stories and Observations From the CID
Carmen Hom, Chinatown-International District Coalition

Environmental Activism in Times of Covid-19 & Finding Ethnographic Pathways to Study It
Mariana Arjona Soberón, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich/ Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society

Moderated by Jess Zimbabwe, Plot Strategies/University of Washington

Urban Form Beyond the Norm


Post-Corona City
Friederike Meyer, Thomas Mann House, Los Angeles

COVID-19, Equity and Single-Family Zoning
Rick Mohler
, University of Washington

Floating Above “19”
Kristen Sierra, Shilshole Prepares

Testing Resiliency in An Urban Core, Medium Density Housing Co-op
Jenni Pace, University of British Columbia / Vancouver Heritage Commission

Moderated by Julia W. Robinson, FAIA, Professor, University of Minnesota School of Architecture (see related work: Covid-19, Territorial Gradients and Contagion in Housing)

11:30 12:30 Sessions

Virtual Culture



City Tours – From London Boom to Bedroom Zoom
Ariana Pacrami
, London Blue Badge Guide

Funeral and burial service for Pandemic
Dian Prasetyawati, University of Washington

A (Pandemic) Night in the Museum – How Cities Can Watch Over their Cultural Institutions in a Time of COVID-19
Rebecca F. Kemper, COSI Science Museum

Communications technology: New concepts of space, and co-dependency on the machine
Laura Belik, UC Berkeley

Moderated by Adam Sneed, Managing Editor, CityMetric

Public Spheres, Public Fears



The ‘New Normal’ Revealed: Emerging Tech, the Smart City and Covid-19
Will Brown, Loughborough University

Publicness as a Myth: Individuality, profit and health in framing (pandemic) urbanism
Anirban Adhya, Lawrence Technological University

Safety in the Viral City
Jess Myers, RISD / MIT CoLab

Remember Our Roots: Re-Centering Public Health in Urbanism
Kristen Hall, Kristen Hall City Design/UC Berkeley/San Jose State University
Sarah Skenazy, Public Health + District Design Consultant

Moderated by Stefan Norgaard, PhD Student, Columbia University

12:45 – 1:45 Midday Plenary

Reshaping the Politics of Care


The COVID-19 global pandemic is often referred to as “the great equalizer” but this is far from the truth. The public health emergency and subsequent economic crisis are exacerbating systemic inequalities. Grassroots community organizers and thought leaders on the frontlines of COVID-19 will talk about coalition building that (re)shapes accountability, policy, and politics around care; the interconnectedness of our systems, environment, and people; and centering future rural and urban possibilities around communities of color.

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Châu Ngọc Trân/ Nikki Châu, Southeast Asian Unity

Aurora Martin, Front and Centered

Robin Narruhn, Seattle University

Moderated by Bonnie Duran, Professor, Schools of Social Work and Public Health, University of Washington

Plenary welcome by Lan Nguyen, PhD Candidate in Urban Design & Planning, University of Washington


2:00 – 3:00 Sessions

Resilience by Any Other Name


Treating the Chronic as Urgent: Rethinking Recovery Investments to Cultivate Inclusive Physical and Social Environments
Deborah Helaine Morris
, Harvard Graduate School of Design

From Cities of Congestion to Cities of Mutuality: Mutual Aid and Urban Space
Kian Goh
, University of California, Los Angeles

Maintaining, Making and “Making do” – Repair Cultures During COVID-19
Ellan Spero, MIT & Station1

Anticipating Adaptation in Philadelphia’s Energy Assistance Sector
Alison Kenner, Drexel University

Moderated by Antonieta Castro-Cosío, Board Member, Consortium for Sustainable Urbanizatio (author of related piece, Beyond Resilience)

Post-Pandemic Mobilities


How can we plan post-pandemic cities to be more accessible to people with disabilities?
Abigail Cochran
, University of California, Berkeley

Double the Trouble: Evacuations During Simultaneous and Dueling Crises
Stephen Wong, University of California, Berkeley

How Public Transportation Can Combat Inequality to Provide for Healthier Future
Alexandra King, Community Transportation Association of America

Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on attitudes toward sharing rides
Parastoo Jabbari
, University of Washington

Moderated by Elizabeth Sall, Principal, UrbanLabs LLC


3:15 – 4:15 Sessions

Peripheries and Centers



Water Provision for Hand-washing in Jakarta’s Slum Settlement
Angelika Fortuna, Rujak Center for Urban Studies

Periphery Everywhere
AbdouMaliq Simone
, The Urban Institute

Seven Scales for an Ecofeminist Reading of the Pandemic
Marta Catalan Eraso, The University of Hong Kong

Rethinking sustainable urban planning in the age of COVID-19: perspectives from an international network of megacities
Flavio Coppola and Anna Zetkulic, C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Moderated by James Spencer, Associate Dean and Professor, Clemson University

Reclaiming the Public, Beyond the Pandemic


A Discussion on Equity, Justice, and Resilience in the Post-COVID-19 City

Jesús Aguirre, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Cary Moon, Citizen Activist

Brice Maryman, MIG

Cary Simmons, The Trust for Public Land

Moderated by Catherine De Almeida, Assistant Professor, University of Washington

Organized by Jeffrey Hou, Professor, University of Washington

4:30 – 5:30 Closing Plenary

Community engagement, research, and our paths forward


The symposium’s final session brings together four University of Washington faculty members who will share their community-based research and engagement as a basis for a discussion of possible ways forward.

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Community engagement during COVID-19: Insurmountable disruption or a catalyst for greater justice?
Rachel Berney
, University of Washington, Seattle

The Role of the Community-engaged, Urban-serving University in Times of Crisis
Rubén Casas
, University of Washington, Tacoma

Assessing individual and community stress in Latinx communities
Elaine Faustman,
University of Washington, Seattle

Engaging Disparities: Race, Class, Trust in an Age of Civic Peril
Anne Taufen
, University of Washington, Tacoma

Moderated by Evan Carver, University of Chicago

Plenary welcome by Carrie Sturts Dossick, Professor and Associate Dean for Research, College of Built Environments, University of Washington

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