Building strategic scenarios during Covid-19 lockdown

Insights from a university-class remote simulation

Keywords: Covid-19, Knowledge exchange models, Participatory process, Multiagent visioning, Urban planning


Since early spring 2020, the outbreak of the COVID-19 in Italy caused schools and universities to lock and shift from traditional face-to-face classroom education to online education. In the academic field of spatial planning, online education and examples of on-line participatory process (e.g. e-planning, e-governance, etc.) are traditionally not very frequent. Through the application of an on-line participatory process to build a future vision of Bari (Apulia Region), this study explores elements related to the behavior of the knowledge agents involved in the process and compares them with the application of previous face-to-face classroom examples. The results obtained allow to collect some suggestions not only on the performance of the application in two different times, but also on the potential elements of difference to be associated to the temporal and psychological context related to the diffusion of COVID-19. Since these conditions are clearly exceptional and practically (hopefully) unrepeatable, the results seem to show a mixed perspective of effectiveness for the use of online education to build a future vision of a city.


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Author Biographies

Stefania Santoro, Polytechnic University of Bari

PhD student in Environmental, Territorial and Building Risk and Development at the Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy, Department of Civil Engineering (DICATECh). My research activity deals with the effects of human behavior in environmental system to support the decision-making process for the development of urban strategies.

Maria Rosaria Stufano Melone, Polytechnic University of Bari

Post-doc researcher at the Polytechnic University of Bari, Italy. Her research interests are spatial cognition in environmental planning, memory and creativity management in urban planning and design, decision support systems, ontological analysis applied ontologies as method to manage knowledge in designing and planning processes. She has published and delivered research papers in national and international journals and conferences.

Domenico Camarda, Polytechnic University of Bari

Full professor at Politecnico di Bari, Italy, where he teaches Town and Country Planning. His research interests are Environmental planning, Spatial cognition models in planning, Multi-agent planning models, Decision-support systems. He published about 80 papers in international journals and conference papers, 1 authored book, 5 edited books and book chapters and several informational articles.


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How to Cite
Santoro, S., Stufano Melone, M. R., & Camarda, D. (2020). Building strategic scenarios during Covid-19 lockdown. TeMA - Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 13(2), 229-240.