Invited Talk: Understanding the implications of covid-19 and lockdown measures for the future of the built environment

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


The current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic and its social, economic and environmental impacts has brought to the fore the importance of design and placemaking in creating infrastructure, places and buildings that will allow us to be prepared for, and make us less vulnerable to, future pandemics or crises.As the built environment sector innovates to overcome these challenges, there will be a remarkable number of opportunities when creating new buildings or retrofitting those that we already have, creating new places and rebuilding the economy. This has been reflected in the new Programme for Government, with a £100m Green Jobs Fund, the investment of £275m for the regeneration of communities and town centres and £500m to be invested in Active Travel infrastructure over 5 years (£100m to be spent in 2020/21) and the Infrastructure Investment Plan which amounts to £24bn over 5 years and includes investment to decarbonise business, industry and buildings, the provision of new health facilities, schools and homes.With this level of investment currently available, it is the perfect time for leaders and innovators in these fields to share their experiences, knowledge and best-practice with each other and with organisations that are perhaps less experienced in some of these fields.This event is an ideal opportunity for architects, planners, placemaking professionals, local and national government officers, elected representatives at local and national level, infrastructure providers, engineers and all other relevant stakeholders to engage with other thought leaders and potential partners to forge solutions to the challenges and explore what opportunities may be presented by the current situation.

Event Agenda:10:00 Introduction from the Chair – Christina Gaiger, President, RIAS

Understanding the implications of covid-19 and lockdown measures for the future of the built environment – Prof. Ashraf Salama, Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde

A planning and placemaking perspective – Petra Biberbach, CEO, PAS

What is future for Landscape Architecture? - Danny McKendry, Senior Landscape Architect, A+DS

Environmental opportunities in the new built environment – Catherine Cosgrove, Chair, SEDA

Use and experience of greenspace during lockdown – Dr Jonathan Olsen, Research Fellow, University of Glasgow

Q&A Closing remarks from the chair

12:30 Close
Period13 Jan 2021
Event titleDesign and Placemaking in a Post-Covid World, Webinar
Event typeConference
LocationGlasgow, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionNational