What can be said about Covid-19 that hasn’t been said already? Rather than simply talking and writing about the pandemic, we at Gehl want to share the lived experience of it. We’ve worked with over 80 surveyors across 4 Danish cities to observe and understand how public spaces are serving the very unique needs of our communities during the pandemic’s lockdown and reopening phases. Scroll down to see results and download the reports.
For around a month, everyday life for most Danes became completely different. It was clear that the way most people moved around and spent time in the cityhad changed. But how? The results in Report 1 serve as a ‘baseline’ for how the city functioned when only the most fundamental elements of society, community, and family life remain open.
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The results in Report 2 show that activity in the observed cities had begun to increase - but in a new way compared to pre-lockdown activity. Activity, was in fact, still lower than the lowest levels measured throughout winter time, whilethe elderly and children were more visible in public space than ever before.