Temporary Urbanism: Activation, De-Activation and Adaptability within the Urban Environment (2)

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Urban Geography Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM (MDT)
Room: Riverview II, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 41st Floor
Organizers: Yueming Zhang, Lauren Andres
Chairs: Yueming Zhang


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 Luke Dickens*, King's College London, The Fun Palace and the Future City: Situating Visions of a Transient Architecture for Radical Participation 20 10:00 AM
Presenter Kim Kullman*, The Open University, Sameness in change: temporal politics in urban prototyping 20 10:20 AM
Presenter Juan Galvis*, SUNY-OldWestbury, Temporary pinpricks, chronic diseases: Urban Acupuncture as purification in Bogota 20 10:40 AM
Presenter Rachel Mc Ardle*, Maynooth University, The Temporality of Temporary Urbanism 20 11:00 AM
Presenter Peter Kraftl*, University of Birmingham, Lauren Andres, University of Birmingham, New directions in the theorisation of temporary urbanism 20 11:20 AM

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