Year Two of the COVID-19 pandemic brought about innovations in architecture, technology, equality, climate and transportation in cities across the globe. Here is a sampling of some of the changes undertaken:
- One-Minute City: Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo instituted the concept of the 15-minute city. Now Sweden has an initiative called Street Moves, which is pushing for the one-minute city. While the 15-minute city aims to give residents access to daily essentials within walking or biking distance of their homes, the one-minute city focuses on the public space just beyond the front door. The concept is being tested in Stockholm and other cities and the Swedish government plans to take it nationwide.
- Affordable Water From Vending Machines: Nairobi is installing 10 water vending machines in the city's slum. The stations are token-operated, with the M-Pesa mobile money platform providing the means of securing tokens. For as little as 50 Kenyan shillings (less the 50 cents U.S.) enough water to fill a jerrycan is dispensed.
- Smart Cities: In February, Toyota broke ground on Woven City, a 175-acre high-tech metropolis at the base of Mount Fuji. It will become a living laboratory to test how urban centers can adapt to fully self-driving vehicles.