The COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted Montreal’s efforts to become a “design city.” Guillaume Sirois scrutinizes the city’s urban design policies and examines the impact of lockdown on its design boutiques and flagship public spaces.
Will Straw analyzes nocturnal videos that reveal the scale of night-time cultures happening during the COVID-19 lockdown and the role of the pandemic in highlighting ongoing policy debates about urban lighting, urban noise, and spectacle.
A group of interdisciplinary researchers from Monash University examines urban robotics as an emerging possibility for the colonization of public space due to the absence of humans in the lockdown city.
Sigrid Merx and Nanna Verhoeff examine scenographic figurations of urban space in the physically distanced city to help us understand how protests and the pandemic have provoked questions and answers about how and for what public space can be used and by whom.
In their introductory essay, dossier editors Dave Colangelo and Zach Melzer examine how the pandemic and BLM protests offer a lens into the makeup, visuality, and legibility of urban environments and their relationship with various forms of media.