Useful articles on COVID19 and planning

In the past few weeks I have read some great articles or blog posts on COVID19 and planning. I just haven’t had a chance to blog much while in lockdown. Today, after 10 long weeks my kids are back at school and I finally have some time to focus. So here is a list of articles you may like to check out if you are pondering what the future holds for planning post-COVID.

Just a note, I don’t necessarily agree with all of what is in these articles, but each piece adds some food for thought on this important topic of ‘what lasting impact will this have on planning?’ both from within the profession and beyond.

Firstly, the RTPI in the UK has published two papers discussing planners’ experiences during the response time – see here. Great for making sense of what really has been the immediate impact on planners and what issues have been dealt with.

Now I’m not going to overwhelm with a long list, so here are 9 articles or posts I have found useful:

  1. Four predictions for urban planning post COVID  From one of Planetizen’s regular contributors comes four ideas for change including the importance of planners working with great local data and how to foster transport independence.
  2. Insights from Big Data on How COVID-19 Is Changing Society Fascinating article on what the data can tell us and how to bring new insights to our planning.
  3. How Will COVID-19 Affect Urban Planning?  Five ways planning may change as a result touching on a broad range of city impacts such as supply chains and core services, land use and transport and of course the role of data.
  4. Thinkpiece from ISOCARP on post COVID19 Urbanism – a succinct list of significant issues for urbanism arising out of the situation.
  5. Urban planning post COVID19 – an Australian perspective as part of a series, this one advocating for some lessons to be learnt from this time to help planning and our cities in the future.
  6. Urban density not enemy in COVID fight – discussion on the role of density in pandemic spread.
  7. COVID19 and big dense cities – discussion on the role of density in pandemic spread in a US context.
  8. The geography of coronavirus – density and coronavirus (again)
  9. Location Data says it all – staying at home during coronavirus is a luxury – discussion on the impact of pandemic in different neighbourhoods/densities. (New York Times article which is free to read, because they have made coronavirus coverage free, but it does require you to create an account to view)

A few at the end there on density. I had been considering that question last week so these articles were front of mind!

One further reflection. I’m not sure we are all that good here in New Zealand about watching how our colleagues overseas resolve their local planning challenges. The global nature of the COVID19 situation really has created the sense of a worldwide shared experience for the first time. So it seems relevant to look internationally now, yet in reality we have been in a globalised world and an internet society for some time. The planning issues we often struggle with at home are at their essence the same ones our colleagues face overseas.

So sharing planning experiences internationally as we manage the business as usual planning issues associated with cities should be more commonplace. To do so would be another great lesson to take from this pandemic experience.


Published by Christine Coste

Hello, I'm Christine. I help RMA professionals in NZ get to grips with professional practice in the digital world. I have worked as a planner for 20 years (BPlan, MNZPI). I understand the processes you work with and how you can adapt your professional practice to overcome today's challenges. Get to know me at RMA Digital's blog if you feel a little overwhelmed with technology and work these days.

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