Cities Embracing the New Normal
The COVID-19 pandemic was the defining event of 2020 and looks set to continue disrupting life
across the world. At the same time, cities are grappling with how best to stave off or prepare for the
long-term effects of the climate crisis. This has led to growing discussion about the “new normal” for
cities in the face of such disruptions.
How have large-scale disruptions changed the way cities live, work and play? What are some good
urban solutions that could help cities respond faster and better to unexpected disruptions and make
cities liveable and sustainable in the long term?
City leaders and experts offer some key insights: Cities must innovate and plan actively for resilience
to prepare for future pandemics and other disruptions. Ideas and practices for liveable and sustainable
cities also support resilience and adaptability. And as cities recover from the pandemic, this is a chance
to build back better and opt for more sustainable ways of living and working to address the climate
As we reimagine our cities and continue to learn from one another, I wish you an enjoyable read and
hope you find some useful insights in this issue to guide you in embracing the new normal.
Centre for Liveable Cities