Belfast will emerge from lockdown as a "different but bustling city" with an emphasis on sustainability and investment in opening up public spaces, the chief executive of the city council has claimed.
Suzanne Wylie said the council wanted to transform the city to help both the public and businesses.
"We want to redesign our city centre with lots of independent businesses - that's what attracts people in," she explained.
"We want it to make better use of public space, places where families will want to spend more time.
"We need to get tourism back at some stage because it was a major area of growth for Northern Ireland.
"We need to invest to make sure we have the right attractions as well, but it (the city) will be different.
"We will always have to be mindful of public health and the potential for ensuring we protect the public from future pandemics."
Speaking on the Ulster Business Podcast, Ms Wylie, who is one of just a handful of core staff working at City Hall, said that while there would be job losses, a focus on reskilling would help people who found themselves out of work.
She is also keen to see a greater number of people living in the city centre - a goal that has not changed despite the coronavirus pandemic.
"You may think that is counter-intuitive as we are still trying to socially distance, but we are a medium-sized city. We are actually spaced-out enough (as a city). People living close to workplaces, places where they socialise, will be important when we have more public space," she said.
"There will be less traffic, better use of public space, different ways of getting around the city and (it will be) more sustainable in my view."
She said the first remote committee meetings were due to take place next month, before the remainder begin in August. The council's annual meeting is also due to take place next month at City Hall, but with smaller numbers, and includes the handover of the Lord Mayor's position from Sinn Fein to the DUP.
While accepting that job losses were a major concern, Ms Wylie said the council and other bodies should be using this time to examine "jobs of the future".
She added the city would see phased opening, depending on the sector and adhering to the five-stage roadmap agreed by the Executive.
"There are some people who have been in work in the city. The next step is for those who can't work from home to come in to work," the chief executive explained.
Ms Wylie said it was also "time to stand back and look at where we are making investments and what our economic strategy is".
She added that universities were already examining such issues and the council is producing think pieces examining what the process of recovery will look like.
You can listen to the full episode of the Ulster Business Podcast at www.ulsterbusiness.com