Trend Watch March 2020

Eerily Empty Public Spaces During Coronavirus:

The Atlantic has published a gallery of eerie images from around the world, showing what happens when quarantine measures and self-isolation keeps everyone at home.

Here are just some of the images, taken between February 21 and March 9, 2020:

Empty: Piazza San Marco in Venice, Italy.
Deserted restaurant in Singapore’s Chinatown.
Toilet paper aisle, Australian supermarket.
Unused tourist buses near Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand.

Top photo: Friday prayers with very slim attendance at the Kaaba in Mecca’s Grand Mosque, March 6 2020.

Go to The Atlantic’s full gallery.

Paris Mayor Calls for 15-Minute City:

In her re-election campaign Mayor Anne Hidalgo proposes plans to ensure that every Paris resident can meet their essential needs within a short walk or bike ride, writes Feargus O’Sullivan forCity Lab.

Mixing many uses within the same space challenges much of the planning status quo of the past century, O’Sullivan writes. It once made sense to separate residential zoning from industrial sites when urban factories posed health risks, he says, and car-centric suburban style zoning intensified the separation. Now some of the world’s most ambitious planning projects are bringing the zones back together: Barcelona’s superblocks, East London’s Every One Every Day and Portland, Oregon’s plans for 20-minute neighbourhoods.

The project could be relatively easily achievable for Paris’ Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who oversees the city’s heavily populated historic centre where pre-industrial roots already facilitate some use-mixing, O’Sullivan writes.

Paris en Commun – Hidalgo’s campaign – proposes to remove more car lanes in favour of pedestrians and bicycles, assigning multiple uses to public spaces (such as schoolgrounds hosting sports at night) and encouraging small retail outlets such as green grocers.

Read more at CityLab.

Paris en Commun’s 15-minute city concept. From the top, clockwise, headings read: Learn, Work, Share and Re-Use, Get Supplies, Take the Air, Self-Develop and Connect, Look After Yourself, Get Around, Spend, and Eat Well. (Paris en Commun).

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