Domestication Will Shape Future Public Spaces: A Report from Rotterdam

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This commentary aims to provide a window on the future by studying actions, taken to control the spreading of the corona virus, while obviously affecting public space over a year. What has been the effects on public space directly linked to these actions during the pandemic; what values play a role, and what can we expect for the future? We have seen how immediate responses induced by the COVID-19 crisis influences traveling, gathering, and public live in general. Now, it is time to look further. Having a base-point in Rotterdam and taking The Netherlands as an example, the commentary argues that some shifts in using, appropriating and experiencing public space will remain. Yet, mainly those not just being immediate responses to sudden societal change, rather those which are embedded in long-term change.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-66
Number of pages14
JournalThe Journal of Public Space
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID-19 Pandemic - Online
Duration: 1 May 202030 Sep 2020


  • public space
  • public life
  • urban design
  • COVID-19
  • coronavirus
  • Coronavirus and urbanisation
  • Pandemic
  • Health
  • public health
  • Community resilience
  • communities
  • neighbourhood
  • appropriation
  • Convergence
  • social contraction
  • compression
  • Localisation
  • domestication


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