In Northern Italy, most of the dead were over 80 and in nursing homes. Loved ones left behind struggle to figure out what went wrong. Alessandro Azzoni, whose mother is in the hospital, is examining sections of her care home that were turned into covid-19 wards as nursing homes had to accept patients with the virus.
The absence of hordes of tourists helped Venetians envision what the city can be. Ideas examined range from increasing permanent residents to developing slow and sustainable tourism programs, such as academic programs, where tourist apartments are used to house students and bring new energy to the city.
The traditional public bench for two, often found on sidewalks, bus stops, and parks is being re-imagined with a plexiglass divider that adds a level of separation by Milan-based architect Antonio Lanzillo.
With little traffic in Venice’s canals and waterways, jellyfish are finding their way back.
Milan was one of Europe’s most polluted cities prior to the lockdown. As motor traffic congestion dropped by 30-75%, so did air pollution. This inspired the introduction of one of Europe’s most ambitious schemes to reallocate street space from cars to cycling and walking that will help residents limit public transport exposure.
Italians streets are overtaken by sounds of singing as people use balconies and windows that overlook the street to connect to each other: watch video here.