Curating shopping streets post Covid-19

The Link at Chadstone, Melbourne Australia by Make Architects

Future Cities Forum has been looking over the past weeks at the future design of high streets, shopping malls and retail centres following the outbreak of Covid-19.The crisis has prompted discussions around the importance of not only social distancing but well-being in our towns and cities, and the value of proper place-making.

The Mayor of London has announced a bold new Streetspace plan to overhaul the capital's streets in the face of the crisis. The transformation of London's roads is being fast-tracked giving space to new cycle lanes and wider pavements to enable social distancing.

Camden High Street and Stoke Newington High Street have already been widened and further locations are planned. These temporary measures will be reviewed and could become permanent in the future. There is also an intention to completely transform town centres to enable local journeys to be safely walked and cycled where possible.

Improving street design is currently on the agenda for many of the UK's councils, which are looking to attract shoppers and tourists back to ailing city and town centres post the virus outbreak.

One interesting project that has caught the attention of Future Cities Forum - over the other side of the world - is Make Architects' Australian project, 'The Link', at the Chadstone shopping centre in Melbourne. Designed to connect the shopping centre, which is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, with the newly opened Hotel Chadstone, Melbourne, The Link is a tranquil walkway that replaces part of a multi-level car park and creates a more accessible, engaging entrance to Chadstone - the Fashion Capital.