The road to better pandemic planning

Digital tools are providing new data on what a city needs to be crisis-ready. A key lesson is that urban design plays an important role, right down to the length of streets.

The design or layout of a city, right down to the length of streets, can either spread or curb infections. ST PHOTO: ARIFFIN JAMAR
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The Covid-19 pandemic resulted in many valuable lessons for Singapore, ranging from medical advances to how to keep the economy moving well in a crisis, but here is one that will be new to many people: the vital role that good urban planning can play.

Urban design can play a part in many ways, such as in facilitating social distancing, improving ventilation and creating new spaces or adapting existing ones for treating patients or storing medical supplies, for example.

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