No. 2 (2020): Beyond the pandemic. Rethinking cities and territories for a civilisation of care.

Habiter la pandémie

Alessia de Biase
LAA-LAVUE UMR 7218 CNRS, Ensa Paris, La Villette
Solene Leray
LAA-LAVUE UMR 7218 CNRS, Ensa Paris La Villette
Juliette Charron
LAA-LAVUE UMR 7218 CNRS, Ensa Paris La Villette
Published May 24, 2021
  • habitability,
  • accessibility,
  • city,
  • Covid-19,
  • cartography,
  • Paris
  • ...More
How to Cite
de Biase, A., Leray, S., & Charron, J. (2021). Habiter la pandémie. Contesti. Città, Territori, Progetti, (2), 77 - 96.


This article explores the interaction between habitability and urban accessibility in Covid-19 time. If urban habitability is constituted by a series of adjustments and readjustments that any city makes over time to allow for ‘coexistence’ in both ordinary and extra-ordinary times, we hypothesize that the notion of accessibility is operative to understand how the city redesigns itself in the Covid-19 era. We conducted a cartographic investigation with students from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette, which aimed to understand how an idea of urban accessibility might re-emerge from the spatial transcription of government-imposed restrictions. To begin this demonstration, we carried out a ‘cartographic operation’ based on Giambattista Nolli’s method, invented to map the city of Rome in 1748.


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