As the use of digital instruments is rapidly increasing during the current COVID-19 pandemic, new options for spatial organization and the possible consequences of digitization are more sharply outlined.
This creates the necessity to rethink the digitalization model we want to follow and to address issues such as who should benefit from digitization and what our city visions are.
Social Distancing, the main measure adopted worldwide to slow the virus’ spread in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, challenges the basic concept of urbanity, as the city is intrinsically related to a high density of population in a limited space.
With physical spaces radically transforming due to the ubiquity of the digital, and with the undeniable digital acceleration as one of the most apparent consequences of the current crisis, it is imperative to to consider the digital spaces and networks that form our relationships – next to the physical spaces of cohabitation and encounter.
As possible (future) options and paths are made viable in an extreme way by the current crisis situation, we reconsider our choices and priorities, rethinking our role as citizens of increasingly hybrid urban environments.