Panel 3: Health & well-being in smart cities: urban design & urban planning in the COVID-19 era

Title of the panel:

Health & well-being in smart cities: urban design & urban planning in the COVID-19 era


health and well-being in smart cities; sustainability; well-being design; walkability; post-pandemic open-space design; social distancing & digital space;

Short description of the panel

With the emergence of life post COVID-19, and the reassessment of life as we know it, many aspects of design have to be revisited to better suit the new life trends and patterns that have now come to stay. These design aspects should outreach to induce social distancing in open space design and individual mobility in open areas, along with a focus on the health and well-being of citizens. Accordingly, the objective of this panel is to examine the twin-question of health and well-being in the smart city, especially as viewed from the perspective of urban design, especially open space design in the smart city. Accordingly, the special focus of this panel is on walkability and open space design, as well as healthcare facilities in smart cities.

Walkability, health aided design, design and connectivity of public buildings, including but not limited to healthcare facilities, well-being in open spaces and healthy cities post covid-19 should now form the focus of urban space planning and design to help diminish the psychological and physiological impacts of the pandemic. These parameters should be included in the design process and research of Smart cities to better help in assessing the importance of social distancing and health trends, as well as to further understand mental health and well-being of citizens of smart cities. These issues should be addressed from all points of view and with all stakeholders committed, they should tackle different aspects such as managerial, and technological problems and their effect of this impending design challenge on the processes at stake. The above points have to also take into consideration governing laws and enforcement as well as how best to address these design issues to the general public that is used to the pre-pandemic state, as well as to how best to convince social networking sites and platforms into helping with the spread of information of this new design.

Some of the topics that will be discussed in the panel:

  • Walkability in the smart city;
  • Health aided design;
  • Design and connectivity of public buildings;
  • Well-being in open spaces;
  • Healthy cities post covid-19;
  • Urban space planning and design;
  • Psychological and physiological impacts of the pandemic;

The Convener:

  • Shahira Assem Abdel Razek, Assistant Professor of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Delta University for Science and Technology, Egypt

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