Planning the Post-Pandemic City Online Lecture Series

Planning the Post-Pandemic City Online Lecture Series

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This lecture series explores how we can re-imagine our post-pandemic cities to be more inclusive, green and liveable.

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The global COVID-19 pandemic has exposed and magnified issues of urban inequality and environmental justice. Quarantine measures and the shut down of city centres have highlighted the extent to which urban land is dominated by road and car parking infrastructure. In many places, air quality has improved, nature has become more prominent and neighbours are starting to speak for the first time. This online lecture series organised by the Planning Society at Queen's University Belfast, will explore, through comparative practice, how planning can re-imagine our cities to enhance well-being through creating more vibrant, sustainable and biodiverse places.

27th July 2022 at 10.00 BST

"Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarisation, and the Decline of Civic Life" with Eric Klinenberg (NYU)

This event will be in person in Room 0G/012 in the David Keir Building at Queen's University Belfast and will be open to those wishing to join online as well.

We are living in a time of deep divisions. Americans are sorting themselves along racial, religious, and cultural lines, leading to a level of polarization that the country hasn’t seen since the Civil War. Pundits and politicians are calling for us to come together and find common purpose. But how, exactly, can this be done?

In Palaces for the People, Eric Klinenberg suggests a way forward. He believes that the future of democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on shared spaces: the libraries, childcare centres, churches, and parks where crucial connections are formed. Interweaving his own research with examples from around the globe, Klinenberg shows how “social infrastructure” is helping to solve some of our most pressing societal challenges. Richly reported and ultimately uplifting, Palaces for the People offers a blueprint for bridging our seemingly unbridgeable divides.

Eric Klinenberg is Helen Gould Shepard Professor of Social Science and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He is the author of Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life (Crown, 2018), Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone (The Penguin Press, 2012), Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media (Metropolitan Books, 2007), and Heat Wave: A Social Autopsy of Disaster in Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2002), as well as the editor of Cultural Production in a Digital Age, co-editor of Antidemocracy in America (Columbia University Press, 2019), and co-author, with Aziz Ansari, of the New York Times #1 bestseller Modern Romance (The Penguin Press, 2015). His scholarly work has been published in journals including the American Sociological Review, Theory and Society, and Ethnography, and he has contributed to The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, and This American Life.

This lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with local practitioners on how social infrastructure is being / can be utilised to create a more equal society in the divided city of Belfast. There will also be a walking tour of Belfast's social infrastructure in interface locations for those who wish to join in the afternoon. Numbers will be limited for this, so please do get in touch if you wish to join for this part of the programme.

Please select the correct ticket to allow the organisers an understanding of numbers in person for catering purposes.

Any questions can be forwarded to Dr Neil Galway -

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