People, Place and Community: belonging in unprecedented times

People, place and community: belonging in unprecedented times

Covid-19 has undoubtedly thrown a spotlight on the power of social and neighbourhood networks. It has changed how people experience both private and public places and, for some, has meant spending a lot more time locally than usual.

Throughout the pandemic community life has flourished: neighbours are checking in on each other more than before, and are now more likely to do food shopping or other chores for each other. It seems that Covid-19 has triggered an increased appetite for connection, a sense of belonging, and a desire for mutual trust amongst neighbours. Beyond just surviving the pandemic, the benefits of community are clear: social connection can help you live a longer, happier life. By contrast, loneliness and isolation – which can be experienced by Londoners of all ages – has a detrimental impact on health and wellbeing. As Covid-19 continues to shape the way we live and work in the city, inclusion, health and wellbeing are (finally) receiving greater recognition.

Future of London’s 2020 project will investigate the role that both people and place play in creating community, and we will explore how London’s built environment sector can help forge and maintain a sense of belonging in both new developments and within existing neighbourhoods.

Programme

October 2020
How to build connection – when we are all two metres apart
Bethan Harris (Loneliness Lab) and Stephanie Goldberg (GLA) discuss lessons from lockdown for the built environment sector.
Listen to the podcast here

November 2020-January 2021
Community Infrastructure and Covid-19
A series of case studies exploring different approaches to building community – and how these have fared during the pandemic.
More information coming soon

December 2020
Places, Spaces and Sociality
A webinar debating how architecture, planning and urban design can inspire social connection within our cities.
More information coming soon

If you have a story to share, or would like to contribute to the programme, please contact Anna Odedun.

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