Recognizing the ways in which epidemic illnesses have shaped the built and social fabric of cities throughout history and the urgent need to work together in service of innovative solutions to prepare for and respond to future epidemics, the EUI is committed to forging connections across disciplines and countries and between scholars, teachers, practitioners, and the general public in service of learning about, reflecting on, envisioning, and creating healthier, more resilient cities.

About the Epidemic Urbanism Initiative

Epidemic illnesses are as old as cities themselves. The recent pandemic of COVID-19 has put into perspective the impact of epidemic illness on urban life, and exposed the vulnerabilities of the societies it ravages as much as the bodies it infects. How can epidemics help us understand urban environments? What insights from the outbreak, experience, and response to previous urban epidemics might inform our understanding of COVID-19? How might we begin to articulate and reflect on the ways in which COVID-19 has shaped and continues to shape urban life, institutions, communities, and the built environment? How can we leverage these insights to better prevent and more justly intervene in future pandemics? To answer these questions, in March 2020, Drs. Mohammad Gharipour and Caitlin DeClercq founded the Epidemic Urbanism Initiative.

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