Post-Pandemic Public Spaces - Episode 3: Mobility

Maurice Harteveld* (Developer), Hanlin Stuer (Producer), Matt van Kessel (Producer), Olivier Wiegerinck (Producer), Edzo Bindels (Performer), Ellen van Bueren (Performer), Annemieke Fontein (Performer), Lior Steinberg (Performer), Co Verdaas (Performer), Ton Venhoeven (Performer), Nathalie de Vries (Performer), Linda Zuiderwijk (Performer), Claudiu Forgaci (Other), Birgit Hausleitner (Other)

*Corresponding author for this work

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The third episode ‘Mobility’ follows up on the discussed new ways to approach the design of public spaces and it shines particularly the light on the changing mobility patterns. This includes general strategies to remove cars and give space back to the residents. Yet, induced by the COVID-19 crisis, these approaches move to a shift in commuting patterns: Will people keep working from home? Do they want to spend an hour in the car or on the train for four or five days when there is an alternative in the remote office and on-distance work? Other travel needs emerge, depending on the needs and desires of the different social groups. The pandemic influenced public transport. Many people feared this mode. Trust will have to be regained in order to make mobility more sustainable by traditional means. New forms of individual transport have taken off in addition. Think of micro-mobility, like shared scooters. Thus multi-modal chain mobility seems to increase in importance. The concept of the 15-minute city, in which living and working hybridise and facilities and amenities are nearby, also seems to have made a breakthrough too. Places and mobility are being brought together, in the words of Lior Steinberg. This may resemble the Dutch-rooted idea of neighborhood thought ('wijkgedachte'), making cities fairly democratic: Everyone uses similar modes of transport; bike use as examplars for the world. Still, also in the Dutch city, pedestrian traffic and social safety need to be improved.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDelft / Rotterdam
PublisherHuman Space
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2022


  • public space
  • Public Space
  • pandemic
  • COVID-19
  • urban design
  • urban sociology
  • mobility
  • public transport
  • micro-mobility
  • 15-minute city
  • commuting
  • Remote Work
  • home office
  • cyclist's travel behaviour
  • pedestrian networks


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