Post-Pandemic Public Spaces - Episode 5: Behaviour

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

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The fifth episode presents 'Behaviour'. With the interviewees, the discussion on inequality is stretched to people’s behaviour in the public space. How has it changed during and after the pandemics and did their perceptions of public spaces change along? City beaches and parks have become popular, while the lack of outdoor terraces, restaurants, or discos has been manifest. Measurements taken during the pandemic have forced a change in our behaviour. While social distancing will be abandoned and masks in general, we seem to have become aware of human vulnerability. Public health will be related to public space again. What more will stay in the future? A lot of people have canceled their sports club subscriptions. Everyone is training outside now. It's really nice to see all those active people, says Annemieke Fontein; but at the same time, it also takes up space and changes the nature of parks as designed for quiet relaxation. Also in other forms, we can see that the need for connection, and in particular for encounters and meetings, in public spaces has grown. Yet whereas online presence continues to grow, thus new networks emerge and ways to meet change, thus place to meet also change. Communities gather in a wide variety of public spaces. Are new bubbles emerging? When will people come together as a whole? The culture of a place; and of a city will change and develop. Appreciating public space as a daily life environment in the Netherlands has one of the positive outcomes of the pandemics.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationDelft / Rotterdam
PublisherHuman Space
Media of outputFilm
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2022


  • public space
  • Public Space
  • pandemic
  • COVID-19
  • urban design
  • urban sociology
  • behaviour
  • behaviour change
  • behavioural adaptation
  • behavior
  • behavior change
  • behavioral adaptation
  • public health
  • outdoor training
  • sport
  • gathering
  • use patterns
  • recreation

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