With the population under orders not to leave home apart from for specific needs, cities and villages have undergone a kind of desertification. The use of urban spaces has suddenly changed. Urban space has lost any hierarchy and streets look similar without open shops or people during rush hour. Rethinking public spaces is challenging. Public interactions are moving online as people are encouraged to stay at home. Museums and cultural heritage sites have closed. New digital initiatives have been developed to cope with the current lack of cultural life. Museums are re-opening online. However, physical open space continues to play a role. Society has moved from places at street level to balconies and windows.
Coronavirus: locked-down Italy’s changing urban space / Tamborrino, Rosa. - ELETTRONICO. - (2020).