Lockdown Urbanism: one year on

Laura Coucill, Thomas Jefferies, Jianquan Cheng

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On 23rd March 2020, the UK entered a phase of national lockdown to limit the transmission of Covid-19. Globally, most countries experienced some form of social restrictions and comparisons between Manchester, UK, and Wuhan, China, demonstrated that the initial experience of lockdown, which permitted only essential activity, accelerated trends in remote and digitally enabled activity, significantly increasing demands on domestic space and heightening the requirement for quality external space.

For over a year, the UK has now experienced social restrictions of some degree. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have observed nationwide restrictions. In England, restrictions varied in severity assigned based on case rates through a system of three tiers. A further tier was introduced in December 2020, when a new, more transmissible, variant of the virus was detected in South East England. Over the course of the year, much of North West England experienced the tightest, Tier 3, restrictions.

Using google trends data, this paper will examine how parts of the UK have responded to restrictions. Combining google searches with empirical evidence and media reporting provides an insight into the changes witnessed during this time. The paper will explore the relationship between the internet as an information source and reported changes in spatial use to evaluate meaningful and lasting changes to spatial requirement in a post-pandemic context. The paper will explore the advantages of emergent and accelerated domestic and commercial activity.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusAccepted - 31 May 2021
EventCities & Health: Panel at 17th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH) - Online
Duration: 06 Jul 202108 Jul 2021


ConferenceCities & Health: Panel at 17th International Conference on Urban Health (ICUH)


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