When we think of France, images of Paris come to our mind: the Eiffel tower, the Champs Elysées, walking carefree, basking in on the culture and the atmosphere. How does this image hold up for international students in the middle of a global pandemic? How does it hold up for other French cities?
We followed the paths between the homes and workplaces of different people as they shared their experiences of urban life before, during, and after the COVID-19 lock-down in Paris and Orléans. Two cities, two landscapes, one and a half hours away by train.
Edna Peza-Ramirez is a consultant and researcher specialized in safe public spaces through bottom-up solutions and human-scale approaches. She is currently completing her PhD at the Université de Paris.