THE NEW LIFE IN THE CITY - AFTER CORONA

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After Corona, the city is more alive than ever. We see our lives as if under a burning glass: In the pandemic still the surprisingly quiet place. Empty parks, quiet centres, hardly any traffic, people at a distance. No sooner is the end of the acute phase of the pandemic in sight than the city is bustling again. Only different than before. In his vivid and rousing keynote, 5 Star speaker and society expert Michael Carl talks about the city of the 2020s, about urban living and working and the new quality of life in urban spaces. He shows: The city is the place where the positive consequences of the pandemic are palpable.

With his "carl institute for human future", social expert Michael Carl observes the changes in cities that lie ahead. Yet city and country are not opposites either - in the countryside, urban life is just a little more spread out.

The city of the 1920s is an integrated city. We are experiencing the reunification of living, working and providing. Even before Corona, the division into residential districts, office cities and the eternally identical shopping zones in the city centre only created lots of problem zones and an enormous need for mobility. The dream of the car city is finally over.

The pandemic has shown: The resilient city is the liveable city, already in the lockdown and even more so afterwards. The less often you had to leave your own neighbourhood during the lockdown, the more you could do all the things you need for daily life within a radius of ten minutes by bicycle, the more resilient your neighbourhood, the more vital and measurably more liveable it is. That's why the great trailblazers among cities like Barcelona, Paris and London are grouping together entire blocks of houses and creating car-free super islands. The city of the 20s lives in the resilient neighbourhood.

The key to a city after Corona is flexibility. The agile city is not narrow, crowded and noisy; it is variable, full of public space and vital. How do we use the street when the daily rush hour is over? Why does a nursery cost a hundred times more than a public parking space?

The vital city according to Corona is integrated, it is resilient, and it is flexible. This assumes, of course, that the city after Corona is the digital city. Not just a city with fibre optic cables and mobile phone reception, but a data-driven city where we really know what traffic flows are happening - live and with the option of real, controllable forecasts. In which we really know how healthy the residents are and which factors have a measurable influence on their well-being. In which infrastructure and services, from the services of the citizens' office to the emptying of the rubbish bins, are oriented towards actual needs.

A new liveliness is taking hold. Contemporary life is urban. Let yourself be infected by this moving and stirring lecture!

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