Cities Building Back Better from COVID-19: Exploring Challenges and Opportunities in Localising the SDGs through Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs)

Event: Annual Meeting of the Architectural Institute of Japan.
Date: Hokkaido University of Science, Sapporo, Japan, September 5-8, 2022.
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This paper explores the challenges and opportunities of VLRs for better recovery in the context of the disruption to urban planning and policymaking caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. It does so by focusing on 12 cities that conducted a VLR between 2019 and 2020 as case studies. These include: Barcelona, Bonn, Bristol, Buenos Aires, Espoo, Ghent, La Paz, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, São Paulo, Taoyuan and Turku. The experiences of these cities serve to illustrate the ability of the SDGs to function as a framework to support post-pandemic recovery efforts.