Temporary Urbanism: Activation, De-Activation and Adaptability within the Urban Environment (1)

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Riverview II, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 41st Floor
Organizers: Yueming Zhang, Lauren Andres
Chairs: Lauren Andres


Temporary uses of spaces, for various purposes (arts, leisure, food growing, etc.) have always been a key feature of the urban scene; their impact on urban development has been significant either acting as catalyst for transformation or gentrification, as burden through illicit perspectives, or as coping and informal mechanism for everyday resilience.

‘Temporary urbanism’ can be defined as any planned or unplanned actions designed and thought through with the ambition of activating a space in need of transformation and thus of impacting the surrounding socio-economic environment. Temporary urbanism involves adaptability and sits within a mix of time scales; it is connected to the planning system but is not solely limited to it. Temporary urbanism embraces diversity specially by involving a range of decision-makers and users and aiming to foster change by producing alternative visions and projects whose aim is not to be sustained but to evolve with the space and its users. Such urbanism requires specific skills and technics as it challenges existing ways of thinking about space production as a much more flexible and fluid process.

Temporary urbanism is all about urban studies. By essence it is a diverse and complex form of urbanism embedded within both unplanned (bottom-up) and planned (top-down) mechanisms. Research in this area has been extremely scattered and there is a need to look beyond the initial distinction of how the temporary has been triggered and to build a wider understanding of it towards a rethinking of adaptability in urban studies (including urban geography, urban planning, urban sociology, etc.) and how to theorise temporalities and adaptability in the production and re-production of space in both developed and developing contexts.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Linda McCarthy*, University of Wisconsin, Temporary Placemaking in a Tight Spot for a Hot Spot at The Spot4MKE, Milwaukee, WI 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Marisol Garcia Gonzalez*, University College London, Temporary use of spaces in transition: Narratives from Santiago 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Luca Sara Brody*, Gran Sasso Science Institute, Challenging the capitalist cityscape: Debating temporary uses and alternative imaginaries in Barcelona and Budapest 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Thierry Maeder*, University of Geneva, Artistic Events as planning practice 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Peter Parker*, Malmo University, Nina Vogel*, SLU, Temporary use in democratic urban development 20 9:20 AM

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