In just months a mystery illness from China has shuttered the world, killed tens of thousands and ended careers, dreams and ambitions. Yet, even now, people continue to plan, hope and regroup. To do this there are two questions that must be asked: what have we learnt and what happens next? That’s why, across the following pages, we ask 50 writers, editors, architects, politicians, mayors, curators, chefs and philosophers – many of whom have written their responses from home – to tackle these two vital queries as we try to come to terms with this calamity and, crucially, dare to dream again. How can we, our cities, our businesses, our art, our desire to see the world come back stronger? Should diplomacy and politics change? And where does the blame for this mess lie? It’s hard to believe now but a more resilient and wiser world can emerge. Turn the page to find out how.
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When faced with unexpected and unfamiliar situations, our instinct might force us to panic. But as Alain de Botton explains, there is another option: keep calm and carry on.
By quickly and decisively acting on the lessons of previous outbreaks, three East Asian nations have dodged the worst of the pandemic. The west must take heed.
The pandemic has made us all think more about where our food comes from and how it is grown. Canadian farmer and educator Jean-Martin Fortier explains why we should all be feeding the hands that feed us.
Though melodramatic comparisons with the great plague and fire won’t wash, post-lockdown London can still learn much from their aftermath.
Civic leaders must build their cities’ resilience through people-focused infrastructure, says urban specialist Michael Berkowitz.
Will the pandemic change our cities? Perhaps, says Danish architect and urban designer Jan Gehl. But humans like being together and this moment will pass. The good news? We can kill off the cruise ships.
Artists are grappling with the extent to which coronavirus should colour their creativity but the pandemic’s true cultural impact won’t be clear for several years.
Yes, says architect Sir David Chipperfield. The pandemic has shown us that we can build a better future.
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