14.04.2020

NEW WAYS TO MEET

“A city is a human settlement in which strangers are likely to meet.” - Richard Sennett  The current circumstances have changed the ways we meet. Social distancing keeps us from our friends and family, but also from the stranger on the street. We meet lowered eyes, and there’s further between the smiles from a stranger. The urban condition and the city as we know it has changed. We are suddenly forced to rethink our social lives and communities: How do we secure social cohesion?

We believe it is vital that we highlight the sociality that endures and emerges, and bring it with us when this crisis has passed. Self-organized community singing from balconies and people grocery shopping on behalf of their elderly neighbors show the road ahead of new ways to meet, and open new perspectives on how we can foster mutual tolerance and new communities.