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This resource guide was produced in accompaniment with the conversation: Development of Urban Design.
Social distancing measures imposed in Singapore due to COVID-19 have affected the access to and use of public spaces. With employees encouraged to telecommute, congestion on roads and expressways have reduced considerably. This has led to the Ministry of Transport’s recently announced plans to reimagine Singapore’s road infrastructure amid changes in travel patterns due to COVID-19, where road space could be potentially freed up for bus lanes or pedestrian and cycling paths.
Other countries around the world have also seized the opportunity to re-examine the role of active transport in their urban centres and some places such as the US, UK, Europe and India have closed off streets to motorised vehicles, built bike lanes and even launched bike share schemes to create greener and more liveable and breathable cities. Architects and city planners are also reassessing existing urban infrastructure to promote acclimatisation to a post-pandemic world, which could help the community continue to live vibrant and active lifestyles amidst the risks and fears of the coronavirus.
This guide provides supplementary resources for those who are keen to further explore this topic. You can also visit https://search.nlb.gov.sg/ to search for more resources. If you would like to view other resource guides created by our librarians, please visit nlb.gov.sg/resourceguides/. Learning packages on various aspects of our lives under “A New Normal” can also be accessed at mobileapp.nlb.gov.sg/spotlight/a-new-normal.
This resource guide was prepared in September 2020 by Sharon Teng, a Librarian at the National Library, Singapore.
Tavares, S. & Stevens, N. (2020, May 7). Cities will endure, but urban design must adapt to coronavirus risks and fears. The Conversation. Retrieved 2020, September 2.
Carmichael, J. (2020, July). Tactical urbanism: Making it happen. Arup. Retrieved 2020, September 21.
Harding, D. & Lee, M. (2020, May). How will our cities move? Arup. Retrieved 2020, September 21.
Cities alive: Towards a walking world. (2016, June). Arup. Retrieved 2020, September 21.
Death of the Central Business District. (2019, March 22). ULIAsiaPacificTV. Retrieved 2020, September 21.
Coronavirus outbreak: A look at urban planning challenges in a COVID-19 world. (2020, May 9). Global News. Retrieved 2020, September 2.
Designing “healthy cities” becoming more important amid COVID-19 pandemic. (2020, May 21). Channel News Asia. Retrieved 2020, September 2.
The future of cities after COVID-19. (2020, August 20). Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2020, September 2.
Manuel DP, Nuno Cardoso Luís. COVID-19 could leverage a sustainable built environment. Sustainability. 2020, 12(14), 5863. Retrieved from Proquest Central via NLB’s eResources website. (myLibrary ID is required to access this article.)
Pisano, C. Strategies for post-COVID cities: An insight to parisencommun and milano 2020. Sustainability, 12(15), 5883. Retrieved from Proquest Central via NLB’s eResources website. (myLibrary ID is required to access this article.)
Condon, P. M. (2020). Five rules for tomorrow’s cities: Design in an age of urban migration, demographic change and a disappearing middle class. Washington, D.C.: Island Press. Retrieved from OverDrive. (myLibrary ID is required to access the eBook)
Sennett, R. &Sendra, P. (2020). Designing disorder: Experiments and disruptions in the city. New York: Verso. Retrieved from OverDrive. (myLibrary ID is required to access the eBook)
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Riggs, W. (2019). Disruptive transport: Driverless cars, transport innovation and the sustainable city of tomorrow. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. (Call no.: R 388.4 DIS)
COVID-19 Stories on NL Blog
Tan, R. (2020). Our Hawker Centres. National Library blog. Retrieved 2020, September 8.
 Chong, C. (2020, August 7). Default must still be work from home amid COVID-19 pandemic: Lawrence Wong. The Straits Times. Retrieved 2020, August 31 from https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/default-must-still-be-work-from-home-minister; Working from home. (2020, August 31). GoBusinessCOVID. Retrieved 2020, August 31 from https://covid.gobusiness.gov.sg/faq/resumption/wfh/
 Toh, T. W. (2020, August 31). Experts see scope for taking away road space from cars to make way for buses, cyclists or pedestrians downtown.The Straits Times. Retrieved 2020, August 31 from https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/transport/experts-see-scope-for-road-space-changes-downtown
 Goetsch, H. &Quiros, T. P. (2020, August 7). COVID-19 creates new momentum for cycling and walking. We can’t let it go to waste! World Bank blogs. Retrieved 2020, August 31 from https://blogs.worldbank.org/transport/covid-19-creates-new-momentum-cycling-and-walking-we-cant-let-it-go-waste; Oliver, W. (2020, May 10). How major cities are trying to keep people walking and cycling. The Conversation. Retrieved 2020, August 31 from https://theconversation.com/how-major-cities-are-trying-to-keep-people-walking-and-cycling-137909
 Davies, S. (2020, May 12). This is how coronavirus could reshape our cities forever. World Economic Forum. Retrieved 2020, September 2 from https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/05/coronavirus-change-cities-infrastructure