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Density – it’s part of what makes cities bustling cosmopolitan hubs for transnational commerce and mobility. It is also what makes them particularly vulnerable to the risks of outbreaks such as COVID-19, with some experts arguing it will force a significant rethink of urban planning if we are to achieve long-term survival in a pandemic world.
However, cities and communities are also beginning to develop new ways of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic that seek to make the most of the collective intelligence of urban areas. Some have even gone as far as arguing that the pandemic could provide the final shift in how technology is used in smart cities to one that is primarily about building communities.