Public Open Space in the Pandemic Era: A Case Study Surabaya, Indonesia

B. Soemardiono*, D. Septanti, S. F. Hutama

*Corresponding author for this work

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The public open space is open space outside the building that is used for various kinds of sustainable activities ranging from gathering, and socializing to religious activities as well as other economic activity functions. In the pandemic era, of course, crowds in outdoor spaces are very limited, but sometimes people don't understand it and still gather and concentrate on one of the city's most visited public spaces. The purpose of this study was to determine the phenomena that occurred in the pandemic era by examining the phenomenon of urban public spaces in the city of Surabaya and analyzing the city's public space system while proposing solutions for open space resilience. This study applies a qualitative method with a case study approach. Research on case studies is a method used to collect naturalistic facts (real-life contexts) and research tactics are carried out in the form of field observations, questionnaires, and semi-structured interviews. It explores observed pandemic shifts, and scrutinizes Surabaya's public space system through an urban resilience lens, aiming to address challenges and transform spaces for continuity, health, and sustainability.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvancing Smart Cities - Sustainable Practices, Digital Transformation, and IoT Innovations
EditorsSimon Elias Bibri, Anna Visvizi, Orlando Troisi
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9783031523021
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Event5th International Conference on Future Smart Cities, FSC 2022 - Sepang, Malaysia
Duration: 18 Nov 202220 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameAdvances in Science, Technology and Innovation
ISSN (Print)2522-8714
ISSN (Electronic)2522-8722


Conference5th International Conference on Future Smart Cities, FSC 2022


  • COVID-19
  • City parks
  • Pandemic shifts
  • Public space
  • Sustainable city
  • Urban phenomena
  • Urban resilience


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